A 113-unit multi-family residential development is being proposed for 207 Seaside Way or what is now the lot that sits behind the historic Breakers Building in DTLB.
The development was unveiled in a public review draft. Playing it safe by keeping it five stories—meaning it will only reach 85-feet at its peak—the “207 Seaside Way Project” will occupy a .67-acre lot that currently serves as a more uninspiring parking lot. Speaking of parking, according to the initial study, there will be 144 on-site parking spots with an addition 32 parking spaces secured at a nearby off-site location.
The ground level will have 16 apartments: 9 studios, 6 one-bedrooms, and 1 two-bedroom unit while additionally including “a 1,221 sq. ft. lobby, a 1,963 sq. ft. café, a 1,467 sq. ft. fitness center, a 4,742 sq. ft. promenade, 2,058 sq. ft. of landscaping, a media room, a mail room, and storage space,” according to the review draft.
Levels 2, 3, and 4 will host 25 apartments: 11 studios, 8 one-bedrooms, and six 2-bedrooms. Level 5 will have 22 apartents: 11 studios, 7 one-bedrooms, and 4 two-bedrooms; it will also host a 3,381 sq. ft. common space area.
The square footage of studios will range from 515 to 690 sq. ft.; one bedrooms will vary from 844 to 919 sq. ft.; and two bedrooms will run the gamut from 938 to 1,205 sq. ft.
Perhaps the most disappointing part of the development is how it continues to harken to the historic desolation that is Seaside Way when it comes to pedestrian traffic. Cold and often quiet, the occasional car drives through and that is about it—and this design does little to re-activate what was once one of DTLB’s most traveled-by-foot pathways. There is no ground-floor retail, public space activation, or really anything but what will eventually become vine-strewn walls and an entryway into the structure’s hidden parking.
Speaking of pedestrians, a pseudo-canopy, Tomorrowland-like feature will be draped along the southern edge of the development along Seaside (because we might as well give people the sensation that traveling on Seaside should be forbidden).
In the project’s best feature that makes sense (and is being developed by the City, not the developer) is a pedestrian bridge that will “directly link the lobby of the proposed building with the City Performing Arts Plaza. From there, the project site would have convenient pedestrian access to Long Beach Boulevard, the Long Beach Transit Mall on 1st Street, Convention and Entertainment Center, and Long Beach Arena. The proposed bridge would be located on Level 1, along the southern side of the development (above East Seaside Way, crossing over South Locust Avenue and Collins Way).”
Disclosure: the opinions expressed in this piece are exclusively that of its author, Mr. Addison.