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Huge student housing complex coming to Downtown Long Beach

It will also include classroom space and an art gallery

Rendering of CSULB student housing Courtesy City of Long Beach

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced Tuesday that a major new development planned for the city’s booming downtown area will serve as an off-campus “student village” for students at California State University Long Beach.

As Longbeachize reports, the complex will rise at the former City Place development—now known as The Streets. The new project will include 800 units of student housing, along with classrooms, lab space, and a new home for the University Art Museum.

A rendering released by the city shows off the blocky, Blue Line-adjacent residential tower, designed by Long Beach-based architecture firm Studio One Eleven.

Bounded by Sixth Street on the north, Long Beach Boulevard on the east, Third Street on the south, and Pine Avenue on the west, The Streets is in the midst of a major renovation that has seen the arrival of new restaurants and creative office space to the centrally located shopping complex.

During a presentation on the city’s ongoing development, Garcia called the student housing project “a home run for the city and the university.” He predicted it would “activate our Downtown Core with new economic opportunities and academic partnerships.”

The project announcement comes hot on the heels of news that a parking lot and former bookstore across the street could be redeveloped with 141 units of affordable student housing and a performing arts space for CSULB.

Downtown Long Beach has become quite the hotbed of development lately, with several other major projects in the works nearby—including a residential tower that could become the city’s tallest building.