Long Beach, CA
On Monday, June 12, construction of Beacon Apartments began, which will provide 160 new affordable units for lower-income seniors and veterans. The Beacon Apartments is part of the expanding number of new affordable housing developments proposed throughout Long Beach.
“Beacon Apartments is yet another example of the City’s commitment to meet the critical need for additional high-quality, affordable and workforce housing in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The City is working to implement new housing policy recommendations adopted by the City Council; and a number of affordable housing developments for veterans, seniors and families are ready to break ground in the near future.”
Last month, Long Beach City Council adopted 29 affordable housing recommendations producing and preserving affordable housing in the City. Following the dissolution of redevelopment agencies (RDAs) statewide, and with limited funding availability, the City of Long Beach continues to pursue new resources to promote an array of affordable housing options to meet the needs of the diverse community.
As of March 2017, approximately 640 units of affordable housing are in various stages of development, including several ready to break ground or currently being rehabilitated. These developments will serve a number of populations, including seniors, veterans, individuals with special needs, and individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Located at 1795 Long Beach Blvd., the proposed Pacific Apartments would add 101 affordable housing units designed for families and households with special needs. The transit-oriented development is located adjacent to the Metro Blue Line light rail, and will feature laundry facilities, a community room with a kitchen, an outdoor courtyard and tot lot, and bicycle storage.
The Spark at Midtown, located at 1900 Long Beach Blvd., is proposed to be a vibrant, mixed-use development that connects housing with community-serving amenities and new retail. Half of the new units would be reserved for individuals experiencing homelessness or individuals at risk of experiencing homelessness, with the remaining units designed for families.
A 92-unit residential development is proposed at the former RDA-owned property at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Walnut Avenue, with a portion of the units to be reserved as affordable housing. The development will include a 3,100-square-foot restaurant and a 17,500-square-foot health clinic to serve the neighborhood. It will also feature a landscaped roof terrace as a gathering space for local community serving organizations, such as the Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PAC) and Khmer Girls in Action (KGA).
Located within the Century Villages at Cabrillo campus, Anchor Place broke ground in April 2016, and will provide 120 units of supportive housing for veterans and families experiencing homelessness.
Additionally, The Pacific recently celebrated a groundbreaking in Downtown Long Beach. The Pacific will consist of a seven-story building featuring 163 residential units, of which 17 will be reserved for moderate-income residents. This development is expected for completion in summer 2019.
The City last month celebrated the grand opening of Banner Homes, supportive housing units for adults with developmental disabilities.
Finally, the adaptive reuse of the former Immanuel Church in Bluff Heights provides 25 new affordable units for lower-income seniors and the grand opening of this development is planned for summer 2017.
For more information on the City’s affordable housing and assistance programs, visit http://www.lbds.info/ and click on “Housing and Community Improvement.”