Here’s What It Could Look Like: The Future Potential of Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay
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Renderings courtesy of Studio One Eleven.
Alamitos Bay—part of what the City now calls the Southeast Area Specific Plan, (SEASP) and what was formerly the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP)—is in vast need of upgrades, including more housing, more density, more transit options, and more accessibility (something I already ranted about when folks in the area were freaking out over five-story buildings possibly being built in the neighborhood).
The old SEADIP’s zoning and planning documents had not been updated in 40 years, leading the City to reexamine one of the most fascinating areas of our city, one which is home to an environmentally sensitive wetlands area, the major arterial of PCH as it meets its entryway into Belmont Shore via 2nd Street, and the juncture where Marina Stadium meets the ocean.
The approved SEASP was actually far less dense and housing-friendly than plans that have been brought forth before (one which goes all the way back to 2004 when then-3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong tried to update SEADIP). In fact, the increase in housing for the plan is rather dismal: from the 4,079 estimated to exist now to 6,663 at buildout. (Former plans had decided to address the housing crisis and build 9,518 units instead.)
Which brings us to Studio One Eleven, one of Long Beach’s most recognized architectural and design firms—and why they want to assure that the Alamitos Bay area maximizes the conditions set forth by the SEASP document in a collaboration with the Alamitos Bay Parntership, one of the area’s biggest land owners.
While the City with a Capital C is developing SEASP along with Santa Ana-based designer and developer Placeworks through a Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the Strategic Growth Council, Studio One Eleven is creating plans to assure that the area is met with clean design, pedestrian accessibility and walkability, all the while protecting the wetlands.
“Our goal is to have a third party consultant confirm our development will be supportive of the wetland environment,” said Studio One Eleven Senior Principal Michael Bohn. “We also want to leverage additional density to support a safe, walkable, bikeable, mixed-use community that will also allow more frequent transit opportunities.”
The Alamitos Bay Partnership is a joint development venture between Scott Choppin, founder and CEO of Urban Pacific, and private investors Neal Thompson and David Sazegar.