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:
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
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