A ban on standalone residential developments along segments of Santa Fe Avenue and Willow Street in West Long Beach was set to expire this month, but the City Council appears likely to extend that moratorium through next June to allow new zoning policies to be approved.
City officials expect to be done with clearing the old building in the next few months, which will make room for a new residential housing project.
The seven-story building would include 77 one-bedroom units, 11 one-bedroom units that include a den, 17 two-bedroom units and three units with three bedrooms. It will also include open space on the third floor the building , a rooftop pool deck and a four-level parking garage with 135 parking spaces.
Padre has been an East Village Arts District staple for years where the Latin-inspired gastropub has served its tacos, ceviche and other fare from its downstairs restaurant while slinging craft cocktails at its upstairs bar, Mezcalero Long Beach.
Construction is underway on a mid-rise residential building, but work may cause added stress to already-strained restaurant businesses just feet from the site, one restaurateur says.
Currently, the roughly 2,700-square foot property at 1900 Willow Street is fenced off, which had served as parking space for the customers of some of the six adjacent businesses.
More market-rate apartments are coming to Downtown Long Beach following unanimous Planning Commission approval of a toned-down residential development during its meeting Thursday.
The city has roughly $386 million worth of projects either recently completed or in the pipeline, and has plans to invest in residents and the local economy with a windfall of new money in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor said Wednesday in an annual speech about development in the city.
“Big-box retail stores are not the highest and best use for this site,” said John Drachman, co-founder of Waterford Property Company, one of the firms involved in the purchase. “It’s better suited for more density.”