A proposed hotel tower at 100 Ocean Boulevard would rank among the tallest buildings in Long Beach, according to an environmental report published by the city.
The proposed development, slated for the former site of the Jergins Trust Building at Ocean Boulevard and Pine Avenue, calls for the construction of a 30-story building that would feature 429 hotel rooms, 23,512 square feet of restaurant space, 26,847 square feet of meeting and event space, and parking for 151 vehicles in an at-grade and basement garage. The project would also include new landscaping and other improvements to the segment of Victory Park which runs through the property.
Renderings of the tower, which is being designed by GBD Architects and RELM, portray a shimmering glass tower with amenity decks at its roof level and above a podium structure which juts out to the south of the main structure. Elevations contained in the report indicate that the building would rise to an architectural apex of 402 feet.
The proposed hotel, which is being developed by the Seattle-based entity American Life, LLC, is expected to be built out over a period of 30 months. The environmental report forecasts a completion date sometime in 2021, pending approvals by the City of Long Beach.
One notable aspect of the project is a plan to integrate the Jergins Tunnel - a pedestrian subway beneath Ocean Boulevard - into the new hotel. The Long Beach Post reports that the tunnel, which was completed in 1927, will be made accessible to the public and transformed into a space that tells the history of the Jergins Trust Building, which was demolished in 1988.
Though the proposed hotel at 100 Ocean would surpass the 397-foot height of the city's current tallest building - the Long Beach World Trade Center - there are two other towers that will likely set the high point of the waterfront skyline. The 35-story Shoreline Gateway development, which held a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month, has been billed as the city's new tallest building, and is also scheduled for completion in 2021. In the more distant future, Trammell Crow Residential has proposed constructing an even taller building on a parking lot north of the World Trade Center site.
- Long Beach Archive (Urbanize LA)