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It's like Christmas in Long Beach as news breaks of three new towers being added to the skyline. One tower will reach an impressive 55 stories, becoming the City's tallest building. The high-rise condominium project, unnamed at present time, is being developed by Molasky Pacific California, whose partners include Kenneth Wynn, the brother of Steve Wynn (of the Las Vegas Wynn's), and local developers George Medak and Peter Cossavella. Of course you can't build anything anywhere without raising the ire of the NIMBY brigade, and Long Beach is no different.

The Molasky team is the same developer that in May proposed a 40-story tower what would have been the city's tallest building on Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue. The project was scrapped by Molasky following public opposition, particularly from neighbors across the street in the historic Villa Riviera condominiums. Some of those same people formed a community activist group to scrutinize large-scale developments, and they are citing Medak's Aqua project as an example of a development whose architecture and setbacks are bad for the community.

"I would be concerned about the developer of the Aqua fiasco being responsible for another project," said Bill McKinnon, with "(Aqua) certainly is not an architectural monument to our city."

Construction for the project may begin by next March, that is if the project survives the deadly EIR process.
· Condo complex planned [Press Telegram]