Long Beach bulks up on senior housing with second major project

GLB Properties gets green light 160 units in city designated as “pro-housing”

GLB Properties Gets Green Light for Senior Units in Long Beach
Renderings of plans for 2515 Atlantic Ave in Long Beach with GLB Properties' Ivana Rose Bramson (LinkedIn, Studio T-Square 2)

The City of Long Beach Planning Commission gave preliminary approval last week to a project that proposes to build 160 new units to house seniors — the second sizable senior housing project in a city that was given a “pro-housing” designation by the state, which helps qualify Long Beach for various benefits, including a $26 million grant from a housing fund.

Los Angeles-based 2515 Atlantic, an LLC linked to GLB Properties, filed plans for the senior housing project at 2515 Avenue. The proposed six-story development would comprise a mix of 58 studios, 82 one-bedrooms and 20 two-bedrooms units.  About 20 of the 160 units would be affordable, according to a Long Beach planning report and media reports. The project will include 74 parking spaces for cars and 23 for bicycles. The definition of “senior” as people 55 and over. 

GLB Properties Gets Green Light for Senior Units in Long Beach
Rendering of plans for 2515 Atlantic Ave in Long Beach (Studio T-Square 2)

The site is in North Long Beach on vacant, city-owned parcels south of Willow Street at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and East Vernon Street. Requests for comment were not returned by GLB.

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Several other sizable housing projects are in the pipeline for Long Beach. A proposed project with 32 townhomes is at 4501 Orange Avenue, based in Bixby Knolls, about three miles from 2515 Atlantic. The owner of the property is a group called 4501 Orange, according to Urbanize.

The Hillside North Student Housing project at California State University Long Beach, at a cost of $105 million, is also in the works. The project will produce a four-story building with a capacity for 424 beds. Work is scheduled to begin in Winter 2025 and be completed in 2026, according to the CSULB announcement. The project will be funded partially by California state’s senate bill 183, which established the “Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program,” to increase affordable student housing.

This summer Carmel Partners submitted an application to demolish an office building near Long Beach’s busy intersection of 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway. After razing the building, Carmel proposes to construct a six-story building, which would offer 390 apartments, according to media reports.
Also, this summer Mercy Housing, an affordable housing group, proposed 81 units of affordable housing for seniors, according to media reports. The site is located at 300 Alamitos Avenue, near Long Beach’s downtown district.

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