84 Townhouse Development in North Long Beach Gets Approval • Long Beach Post News
A group of developers from Brandywine Homes and LAB Holding hope to innovate for the mixed-use residential and commercial project, called Rhythm Long Beach, on a vacant 3.2-acre lot in front of the Michelle Obama Library in March or April.
The buildings are designed to be three-story with 27 two-bedroom units and 57 three- to four-bedroom units with a two-car garage for each unit.
In addition to the residential homes, the project will also create 3,000 square feet of commercial space which will include a restaurant on the second floor with an outdoor patio near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and South Street as well as space for A coffee.
The developers hope the project will meet the growing need for housing and create space for business growth on Atlantic Avenue.
Shaheen Sadeghi, COO at LAB Holding, said he helped Brandywine Homes with the project to help revive business along the Atlantic Avenue corridor between the 8th and 9th council districts that make up North Long Beach.
“This project is the start and the catalyst for the revitalization of the corridor in the region,” said Sadeghi.
The 84 townhouses are expected to be valued at “market rate” against other homes in the area, according to planning documents.
While the project received mostly supporting comments, two public comments emailed to town planning commissioners expressed concerns about the development, particularly the surrounding parking lot.
Comments opposing the project said parking for residents already living near the construction site is already limited and bringing more units with a garage for just two cars would lead to more congestion.
Sergio Gutierrez, a project planner with Long Beach, estimated that parking would be reduced slightly on Atlantic and Linden avenues. He added that 19 parking spaces would be included in the project.
Preliminary drafts of the project design showed narrow sidewalks and diagonal parking on Atlantic Avenue. that extend the sidewalk area at intersections and shorten pedestrian crossing distances.
As proposed, the project also calls for teams to clean up the contaminated soil located at the southern end of the site. The vacant lot was previously used as a gas station and dry cleaning.
The developers of Brandywine Homes leading the construction of the project have said that the soil remediation is expected to be completed next year in March or April 2022.
Brian Geis, vice president of development for Brandywine Homes, said construction of the 84 townhouses will be phased in with crews expected to “move the earth” in March or sooner.