FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is Mercy Housing pursuing this development?

Through a city-initiated process, Mercy Housing was awarded the parcel located at 924-945 E. Pacific Coast Highway by the City of Long Beach. Mercy Housing is committed to work with the City to develop affordable rental housing which includes apartments serving seniors and senior veterans who have experienced homelessness, as well as a neighborhood-serving space on the ground floor.

During the proposal process for the city-owned parcel, Mercy Housing reached an agreement with the adjacent property owner in order to purchase the site (901 – 917 E PCH) to the west, enabling Mercy Housing to propose a larger development spanning the two sites (901-945 E. PCH).

 

What is the planning process for this development?

Mercy Housing will seek planning approval and entitlements through the City of Long Beach. Long Beach Senior will require a Site Plan Review, Zone Change, and Conditional Use Permit, all of which are processed through the Planning Commission and City Council. This development also qualifies for the State Density Bonus. The State Density Bonus allows developments that exceed a certain base level of affordability to increase density, reduce the amount of required parking, and request waivers from certain development standards. While Long Beach Senior is not requesting an increase above the permitted density, it will be seeking reduced minimum parking requirements and waivers from development standards under the State Density Bonus Law.

Who are the architects working on this development?

The design team for Long Beach Senior is Studio One Eleven. Studio One Eleven is an architecture, landscape, and urban design firm dedicated to repairing cities. Located in downtown Long Beach, the firm’s work includes affordable housing and community focused developments. A sampling of their work includes:

 
 

Children Today

2951 Long Beach Blvd, LB, CA 90806

Long Beach Airport Concessions

4100 Donald Douglas Drive, LB, CA 90808

 

Senior Arts Colony, Senior affordable housing

200 E Anaheim St, LB, CA 90813

The Annex, Senior affordable housing

225 East 12th Street, LB, CA 90813

Ronald McDonald House

500 E 27th, LB, CA 90806  

 

Lakewood YMCA

5835 E Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90713

 

Collage, Family affordable housing

1905 Pine Avenue, LB, CA 90806

 

The Court, Senior affordable housing

1044 Maine Avenue, LB, CA 90813

 

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