Planning Commission to consider 600-unit development near 2nd and PCH Thursday

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The Long Beach Planning Commission will consider a massive new housing project near the 2nd and PCH shopping center that could demolish existing shops to add 600 market-rate apartments to the area.

The developer, Onni Group, is proposing to build two five-story structures that would total 600 units, which would be a mix of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. The Vancouver-based group purchased the Marina Shores retail center in late 2021 for $67.9 million and originally planned to build 670 units.

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Marina Shores still has some businesses operating including a Petco and Orange Theory Fitness, but its largest tenant, Whole Foods, moved to be the corner anchor of the 2nd and PCH development in 2019.

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A rendering of the proposed 600-unit project shows the northern side of the development from an internal street that will separate it from the 2nd and PCH shopping center.

The proposed development would have about 4,000 square feet of commercial space and its unit distribution would be 10 studios, 373 one-bedroom, 195 two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom units.

Between the two buildings will be a public paseo that will allow residents and the public to walk through the middle of the development to access the marina to the west of the proposed development.

The proposed project is located in the city’s Southeast Area Specific Plan, which now allows for high-density mixed-use projects like Onni’s. The specially planned area has three developments in the works totaling about 1,300 units.

A rendering of Onni Group’s Marina Shore project shown from Marina Drive looking southeast.

Long Beach’s regional housing needs goals said the city needed to make room for 26,502 units by 2029. Out of that, 4,158 were moderate-income units and 11,156 were market rate.

Onni is not new to developing in Long Beach.

That project included a 24-story tower and a smaller mid-rise building to the south.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the project at its July 6 meeting.

6-story residential development near 2ND & PCH gets green light from Planning Commission

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