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The empty lot that sits at Alamitos & Ocean, kitty-corner to the famed Villa Riviera, has had talks of development: two towers, one 18 stories on the west and the other a massive 35 stories on the east. The first rendering for the 18-story residential high rise that will “create an important gateway to the eastern edge of the Long Beach downtown core” has been released.
According to Bar Architects, the San Franciscan developer heading the project for what is currently deemed a confidential client, the Shoreline Gateway tower will be a mixed-use contemporary structure to sit in the long-empty parking lot. Included in the development will be not only commercial space but a new public plaza that will create “a focal point for public activity and a link to the existing neighborhood to the north.”
Harkening to early SoCal modernists, including Killingsworth, Schindler, and Neutra, the white aluminum panels and massive amount of glass reflect the ocean-themes that many of the downtown high-rises of the 1960s and beyond have enveloped in downtown Long Beach.
Renderings courtesy of Bar Architects.