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.”
The massive Broadway Block residential development has been stalled for at least a couple months, according to a spokesperson from developer Onni Group.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on development projects throughout Long Beach—stalling out some in the planning phase, delaying ongoing construction and, in some cases, forcing developers to bow out. But despite the challenges, there are more than 60 projects at various phases citywide.
Pacific6 is hoping to add six more units to make for a total of 80 units in the Ocean Center development in Downtown Long Beach.
The massive 93-acre site, which includes a 1.1 million-square-foot assembly building, was once the production home for Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane before the facility shuttered in 2015.
UPS is eyeing the former Boeing C-17 property for a regional hub that would service the Long Beach area while also utilizing the nearby airport.