A high-value target for redevelopment in Long Beach is back after a previous failed attempt at approval. Earlier this week, the Long Beach Planning Commission voted to approve a variance for the second+pch development at the southwest corner of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach. The Commission also unanimously certified an environmental impact report for the project. According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the developer proposed a project with: "325 residential units, 191,000 square feet of retail, a 100-room hotel, 21,000 square feet of non-hotel restaurant space, a theater, a marine science learning center and 1,440 parking spaces." That would include a 12-story residential building, along with two six-story buildings. City staff, however, wants a scaled-down option, according to the P-T--they suggested six-story residential buildings and a hotel of up to 120 feet. Critics are concerned about a new wave of high-rise buildings on the east side of Long Beach, traffic impacts, and environmental impacts on the nearby Los Cerritos Wetlands.
Second+PCH's first draft EIR was released last year. That document was rejected due to insufficient traffic mitigation and project alternatives.
The Planning Commission will meet on November 17 to consider the design for the project. The project will also require approval by the California Coastal Commission.
The SeaPort Marina Hotel, in all its pink glory, currently stands at the second+PCH site (it stood in for Tampa, Florida, in season four of Dexter).
· More hurdles remain for 2nd+PCH [Long Beach Press-Telegram]
· Long Beach's Second+PCH, Your Newest Seaside Village [Curbed LA]