Nearly two years after shelling out nearly $68 million to acquire the Marina Shores shopping center at 6500 Pacific Coast Highway, Onni Group is lifting the curtain on its plans for the site in a pending presentation to the Long Beach Planning Commission.

The roughly six-acre property, located next door to the 2nd & PCH complex, is slated for the construction of a pair of five-story building which would feature a combined total of 600 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments above 4,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for more than 1,100 vehicles in three-level podium garages.

Aerial view of Onni Marina Shores looking northeastSolomon Cordwell Buenz

Solomon Cordwell Buenz is designing the proposed development, named Onni Marina Shores, which would be feature a central driveway cutting between Marina Drive and Pacific Coast Highway.

"Above the podium, a series of refined, sleek, white volumes, finished in cement plaster and crisp white metal panels, sit in contrast to the base and recall the lines of boats sitting in the harbor across Marina Drive," reads a narrative from the presentation. "The massing is accented with wooden ceilings, shade structures and clear glass handrails, all of which draw heavily from the maritime character of the site. Elevated to the top three floors of the building, the forms sit against the bright blue sky. Together, the contrasting styles of the podium and the buildings above reduce the overall scale of the project, while creating a rich and intriguing interplay of architectural relationships."

Entryway from Marina DriveSolomon Cordwell Buenz

The building sits on what is described as a transitional site between the Alamitos Bay Marina and wetlands to the north. The landscape design by Salt Landscape Architects takes cues from that location, with podium-level terraces inspired by high-tide and low-tide, and native plants and grasses from the adjacent wetlands on the perimeter.

A staff report to the Planning Commission indicates that the project complies with local zoning rules and regulations, and recommends approval of entitlements for Onni Marina Shores.

Entry drive at Onni Marina ShoresSolomon Cordwell Buenz

The proposed development is one of three large mixed-use apartment buildings slated for the surround stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, which sits at the southeastern corner of the City of Long Beach. Directly east across Studebaker Avenue, Holland Partner Group has a smaller project with 281 apartments and retail in the works at 6700 PCH. To the north, Carmel Partners has proposed its own residential-retail complex at 6615 PCH.

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