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Much of the development activity is centered on downtown Long Beach.
Christopher Fowler

Mapping downtown Long Beach’s sudden development boom

From the redevelopment of Acres of Books to a new 30-story hotel on Ocean Boulevard

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Much of the development activity is centered on downtown Long Beach.
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When it comes to construction in the Los Angeles area, Downtown LA hogs the spotlight, with everything from skyscrapers to seven-story apartment buildings springing up from South Park to the Arts District.

But another downtown—downtown Long Beach—has caught the attention of developers, too. A flurry of real estate activity is overtaking the city, where an estimated $3.5 billion worth of construction is either underway or in the pipeline this fiscal year, according to Mayor Robert Garcia.

“Long Beach continues to be a city on the move, and there’s so much still to come,” the mayor said this week.

Much of that activity is centered in the core of the city. That includes dozens of projects, from the redevelopment of Acres of Books to a 30-story hotel with 429 rooms on Ocean Boulevard. In total, more than 4,000 new residential units are headed to Long Beach.

Here, a map of the largest and most high-profile developments set to reshape the area in coming years.

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1. West Gateway

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600 W Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

This 40-story tower, when complete, would unseat the Shoreline Gateway tower as the tallest building in Long Beach. The project would be made up of six buildings of various heights and uses, including the tower. The West Gateway would hold 694 residential units in all. The project was proposed by Maple Multi-Family Land, a subsidiary of Trammell Crow Residential. West Gateway received approval from Long Beach’s planning commission in July.

A rendering of the 40-story tower planned for a site near the World Trade Center in Long Beach. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

2. Shoreline Gateway Phase II

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777 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Once built, this 35-story residential tower will be the tallest in Long Beach (for a while, at least).

The 315-apartment Shoreline Gateway tower will rise right next to a 17-story complex called The Current. Planned by the same developers, the two buildings will be connected by a 10,000-square-foot plaza.

The tower is under construction now. As of last year, the project was expected to be complete in late 2021.

Shoreline Gateway tower Courtesy Studio One Eleven

3. The Blue Line/A Line

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107 E First St
Downtown, CA 90802

Long Beach lost its primary public transit connection to Downtown LA for most of 2019 due to construction on the aging Blue Line. The payoff for that major inconvenience will be a shorter trip once work is finished—as much as 10 minutes faster. The line will reopen as the A Line on October 28.

A photo of the Blue Line train coming into the station. Shutterstock

4. Breakers hotel

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210 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 432-6700
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The city’s stately Breakers building, constructed in 1926, originally opened as a resort, but most recently served as a senior living complex. Now, owner Pacific6 plans to sink between $40 and $60 million into renovations that will allow it to re-open as a 175-room hotel.

A photo of the hotel, seen from the street, lit up at night. Its rooftop cupola is lit up in red. Courtesy of Pacific6

5. Ocean Center building

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110 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

This adaptive reuse project would turn a historic building dating to 1929 into 80 apartments. The grand old Ocean Center is the work of Grauman’s Chinese Theater’s designer Raymond M. Kennedy of the firm Meyer & Holler, and it was once part of The Pike, an old-timey boardwalk-style entertainment zone. The developer, Pacific6, is also behind the reboot of the Breakers building.

A photo of the historic building, seen from the street. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

6. The Queen Mary

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1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
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The beautiful but aging Queen Mary, moored in Long Beach since 1967, is due for an extensive overhaul overseen by the ship’s new operator, Urban Commons.

The developer also plans to construct an enormous $250 million entertainment complex next to the ship—complete with ice climbing, rooftop surfing pavilions, and a 200-room hotel.

A rendering of Queen Mary Island, seen from the air above. The dynamic entertainment zone is lit up at night. Rendering by Benoy, courtesy Urban Commons

7. American Life Hotel

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100 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

This 30-story hotel tower would rise in the heart of Downtown Long Beach, bringing 429 guest rooms and new restaurant space to the area.

Developer American Life reached an agreement with the city late last year to collect 80 percent of hotel tax revenue from the project over its first nine years in business. The project is part of Long Beach’s “8 by 28” Olympics initiative.

A rendering of the tower, with the city skyline and the ocean in the background. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

8. Broadway Block

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240 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

This major mixed use complex from developer Ratkovich Properties is planned around the shuttered Acres of Books on Long Beach Boulevard (the Moderne-style building would be preserved and integrated into the project). It’s set to include a 23-story residential tower and a separate seven-story structure.

The buildings would offer 400 apartments, including 14 affordable units for CSULB faculty and graduate students, along with creative office and retail space.

The project is expected to begin construction in 2020.

A view of the seven-story Broadway Block structure, lit up at night. Rendering courtesy Ratkovich Properties

9. Broadway & Magnolia Apartments

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500 W Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Approved by the city’s planning commission last year, this seven-story development will include 142 units of housing and just under 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.

A rendering of the four-story Long Beach apartment project. Renderings courtesy City of Long Beach

10. Long Beach Civic Center

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West Gateway
Long Beach, CA

A huge overhaul is on the way for Long Beach’s Civic Center, where many of the brutalist buildings that stand on the site today will be razed to make way for a flashy cluster of new structures that will give the city a new library and city hall, fresh retail establishments, a 36-story residential and hotel tower, and more offices for city employees.

A rendering of the multi-building Long Beach Civic Center when complete, seen from the air at night. Courtesy City of Long Beach

11. Long Beach Civic Center Midblock

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321 W Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

This privately developed project within the center center would see nearly 600 residential units of moderate-income and workforce housing plus 40,000 square feet of retail, including a grocery store.

A photo of one of the taller civic center building. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

12. Sonata Modern Flats and a bridge

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207 E Seaside Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Under a half-mile from the Ocean Boulevard project above, this similar project will include 113 units and space for a cafe or retail business. The five-story project is rising immediately next to a flashy new pedestrian bridge that recently opened to the public. Construction is expected to be complete this year.

Once complete, the bridge will connect the city’s convention center to the nearby Performing Arts Center.

A rendering of the project and the bridge that will connect it to the performing arts center. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

13. The Beacon

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1235 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90813

This affordable housing complex broke ground last year and is expected to open in 2019. Once complete, the two-building development will include 160 units of supportive housing for veterans and seniors.

A rendering of the Beacon, as seen from the street. It has a dramatic rectangular roof over the corner of the building. Courtesy City of Long Beach

14. The Pacific

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230 W 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802

Now under construction, this seven-story project will feature 163 apartments (17 of them affordable), along with community amenities like a fitness center and bike workshop.

The formerly city-owned property is part of the larger makeover of the Civic Center area of downtown Long Beach.

A rendering of the seven-story project, which shows ground floor retail with apartments above. Courtesy Studio One Eleven

15. 101 Alamitos Avenue

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101 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Developer Sares Regis Group is building this seven-story residential development with 136 condos and retail space, designed by local architecture firm Studio One Eleven. The project is expected to be complete this fall.

Rendering of the seven-story building, which has ground-floor retail. Courtesy Studio One Eleven

16. Pacific-Pine

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635 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Developer Holland Partners recently announced plans for this two-building, eight-story project that would include 271 units of housing (11 of them affordable) and retail space. To make room for the project, a historic Queen Anne residence built in the 1880s will have to be relocated—for the fourth time.

A rendering of the eight-story project as seen from the street. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

17. Ocean View Tower

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200 W Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Located right next to the large Camden Harbor View apartment complex, this adaptive reuse project will transform an existing office building into a residential development with 106 residential units and 4,597 square feet of retail space. Work was previously scheduled to be complete in early 2020.

A rendering of the office building post-repurposing.

18. The Residences at Linden

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135 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

This seven-story development will include 82 units and 4,091 square feet of parking. It’s set to rise right next to the historic Broadlind Hotel (and its basement bar, the Blind Donkey, where key scenes in La La Land were filmed).

A rendering of the seven story project, which has a variety of depths to its facade at the corners and the roof. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

19. 1101 Long Beach Boulevard

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1101 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90813

Developer Rockefeller Partners has proposed an eight-story mixed-use development with 120 residential units and 6,000 square feet of retail space for this spot near the Blue Line’s Anaheim Station.

A rendering of the project, which has balconies for some but not all units and ground floor retail. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

20. Locust Long Beach Apartments

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1112 Locust Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

This proposed seven-story development would hold 97 residential units. The developers are hidden behind an LLC linked to South Park Group, the investor group behind the Grether & Grether Lofts and the Emil Brown Lofts in the Fashion District.

A rendering of the building, which features ground floor retail space and residential above. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

21. Aster

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125 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

This proposed eight-story, mixed-use development would bring 218 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail space to the neighborhood. The developer, Raintree-Evergreen LLC, has this and another similar project in the works in the downtown area.

A rendering of the building seen from the street. Its ground floor retail sits below residential space.

22. Inkwell

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127 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

This proposed mixed-user, also from Raintree-Evergreen, would hold 172 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail space to a property formerly owned by the successor agency to the city’s defunct community redevelopment agency.

A rendering of the project, which appears to have a rooftop with landscaping and trees around the ground floor retail space. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

23. 110 Pine Avenue Hotel

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110 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

This adaptive reuse project would transform the former Security Pacific National Bank into a 13-story hotel with 189 guest rooms. The developer, Pacific Property Partners, is also developing an 18-story hotel called The Cambria in Downtown LA, near LA Live.

A photo of the existing building, which is set to be reused. The building has columns along the lower floors and red upper floors. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

24. 3rd+Pacific

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131 W 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802

Proposed by developers Ensemble Real Estate, 3rd+Pacific would contain 345 residential units and space for retail and commercial uses within a 23-story high-rise. This property was previously owned by the community redevelopment agency’s successor entity.

A rendering of the project, seen from afar. The tower and the mixed-use mid-rise building are both in view. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

25. The Place at The Streets

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495 The Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90802

Construction is underway now on this four-story project with 20 apartments and over 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail from Shooshani Developers.

A rendering of the project, which looks like two buildings fused together. One section is red, the other white. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

26. 107 Long Beach Bouelvard

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107 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

This five story hotel near the Blue Line’s terminus will hold 34 rooms when complete. The project broke ground in December.

A drawing of the project which shows balconies outside of every window and landscaping along the lower floors. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

27. 825 E 7th St

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825 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90813

This five-story apartment project has been approved, but no timeline has been announced.

A rendering of the project that shows the front-facing units with balconies. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

28. ANA on North Pacific Avenue

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507 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

The four-story complex will have 157 condos and 9,000 square feet of retail space. It’s been approved by the city.

A rendering of the project that shows it taking up a good portion of the block. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

29. Lydia House expansion

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1420 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

This three-story structure would add more space to the existing Lydia House, a semi-permanent housing complex for women and children experiencing homelessness. It’s operated by the Long Beach Rescue Mission.

A rendering of the building that shows it with perforated facade that undulates like the spinning discs of a combination lock. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

30. 810 Pine

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810 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

This 10-story building would provide 78 assisted living units for seniors.

A rendering of a boxy building with 10 stories and a rooftop lounge area. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

31. CSULB Downtown Village

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151 E 5th St
Long Beach, CA 90802

This mixed use project will include housing for 1,100 students at California State University Long Beach, along with a few classrooms, lab space, and a new venue to house the school’s art museum. The Blue Line-adjacent development is set to rise amid the former City Place shopping center, now known as The Streets. An opening date remains unclear, the Press-Telegram reported in March.

A rendering of an exciting, tall building with irregularly shaped windows among a city block. Courtesy Studio One Eleven

32. 320 Alamitos

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320 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

This proposed project from Urbana Development LLC would include 77 market-rate apartments spread across seven stories at the eastern edge of the downtown area.

A rendering of a wedge-shaped development extending down the block. Courtesy Studio One Eleven

33. Golden Shore

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1 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

This proposed mixed-use development would rise eight stories high, with 750 residential units and 11,000 square feet of retail space. The developer is Irvine-based Greenlaw Partners.

A rendering of a large mixed-use project with ground floor space and apartments above. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

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1. West Gateway

600 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
A rendering of the 40-story tower planned for a site near the World Trade Center in Long Beach. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

This 40-story tower, when complete, would unseat the Shoreline Gateway tower as the tallest building in Long Beach. The project would be made up of six buildings of various heights and uses, including the tower. The West Gateway would hold 694 residential units in all. The project was proposed by Maple Multi-Family Land, a subsidiary of Trammell Crow Residential. West Gateway received approval from Long Beach’s planning commission in July.

600 W Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

2. Shoreline Gateway Phase II

777 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Shoreline Gateway tower Courtesy Studio One Eleven

Once built, this 35-story residential tower will be the tallest in Long Beach (for a while, at least).

The 315-apartment Shoreline Gateway tower will rise right next to a 17-story complex called The Current. Planned by the same developers, the two buildings will be connected by a 10,000-square-foot plaza.

The tower is under construction now. As of last year, the project was expected to be complete in late 2021.

777 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

3. The Blue Line/A Line

107 E First St, Downtown, CA 90802
A photo of the Blue Line train coming into the station. Shutterstock

Long Beach lost its primary public transit connection to Downtown LA for most of 2019 due to construction on the aging Blue Line. The payoff for that major inconvenience will be a shorter trip once work is finished—as much as 10 minutes faster. The line will reopen as the A Line on October 28.

107 E First St
Downtown, CA 90802

4. Breakers hotel

210 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
A photo of the hotel, seen from the street, lit up at night. Its rooftop cupola is lit up in red. Courtesy of Pacific6

The city’s stately Breakers building, constructed in 1926, originally opened as a resort, but most recently served as a senior living complex. Now, owner Pacific6 plans to sink between $40 and $60 million into renovations that will allow it to re-open as a 175-room hotel.

210 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

5. Ocean Center building

110 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
A photo of the historic building, seen from the street. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

This adaptive reuse project would turn a historic building dating to 1929 into 80 apartments. The grand old Ocean Center is the work of Grauman’s Chinese Theater’s designer Raymond M. Kennedy of the firm Meyer & Holler, and it was once part of The Pike, an old-timey boardwalk-style entertainment zone. The developer, Pacific6, is also behind the reboot of the Breakers building.

110 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

6. The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
A rendering of Queen Mary Island, seen from the air above. The dynamic entertainment zone is lit up at night. Rendering by Benoy, courtesy Urban Commons

The beautiful but aging Queen Mary, moored in Long Beach since 1967, is due for an extensive overhaul overseen by the ship’s new operator, Urban Commons.

The developer also plans to construct an enormous $250 million entertainment complex next to the ship—complete with ice climbing, rooftop surfing pavilions, and a 200-room hotel.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

7. American Life Hotel

100 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
A rendering of the tower, with the city skyline and the ocean in the background. Courtesy of City of Long Beach

This 30-story hotel tower would rise in the heart of Downtown Long Beach, bringing 429 guest rooms and new restaurant space to the area.

Developer American Life reached an agreement with the city late last year to collect 80 percent of hotel tax revenue from the project over its first nine years in business. The project is part of Long Beach’s “8 by 28” Olympics initiative.

100 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

8. Broadway Block

240 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
A view of the seven-story Broadway Block structure, lit up at night. Rendering courtesy Ratkovich Properties

This major mixed use complex from developer Ratkovich Properties is planned around the shuttered Acres of Books on Long Beach Boulevard (the Moderne-style building would be preserved and integrated into the project). It’s set to include a 23-story residential tower and a separate seven-story structure.

The buildings would offer 400 apartments, including 14 affordable units for CSULB faculty and graduate students, along with creative office and retail space.

The project is expected to begin construction in 2020.

240 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

9. Broadway & Magnolia Apartments

500 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
A rendering of the four-story Long Beach apartment project. Renderings courtesy City of Long Beach

Approved by the city’s planning commission last year, this seven-story development will include 142 units of housing and just under 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.

500 W Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

10. Long Beach Civic Center

West Gateway, Long Beach, CA
A rendering of the multi-building Long Beach Civic Center when complete, seen from the air at night. Courtesy City of Long Beach

A huge overhaul is on the way for Long Beach’s Civic Center, where many of the brutalist buildings that stand on the site today will be razed to make way for a flashy cluster of new structures that will give the city a new library and city hall, fresh retail establishments, a 36-story residential and hotel tower, and more offices for city employees.

West Gateway
Long Beach, CA

11. Long Beach Civic Center Midblock

321 W Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
A photo of one of the taller civic center building.