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In a partnership between affordable housing builder Clifford Beers Housing and Killefer Flammang Architects, 48 new affordable units will be built along the Blue Line at Pacific Coast Highway and Long Beach Blvd. should the Planning Commission approve plans this Thursday.
Set on 27,000 sq. ft. lot at 1836-1852 Locust Ave., the five-story, two-structure Vistas Del Puerto project will have 47 affordable units and a managerial unit on floors two through five, and 40 parking spaces on the ground level. In addition, 4,671 sq. ft. of that space will be used for the community that lives within it, as well as bike storage and a bike lounge for its citizens to work on their two-wheeled steeds.
The project is a welcomed addition to Long Beach’s housing supply, which lacks in not only overall supply but particularly in affordability. Currently, the County is behind by some 500,000 affordable units (and over 1M units in total) behind in building, contributing to a housing crisis that is prompting increased homelessness and displacement.
The conversation—pitting housing advocates against well-meaning, but selfish NIMBYs fearful of “losing their lifestyle” to so-called over-development—has erupted across the state, prompting politicians to figure out ways to downsize the crisis while homeowners and property owners rail against developers and renters.
In Long Beach, Vistas Del Puerto adds 48 units to the 585 affordable units currently in the pipeline for development.