A presentation scheduled for the November 2 meeting of the Long Beach Planning Commission offers a closer look at a proposed high-rise development on Ocean Boulevard.

The proposed project from WPH Holdings, slated to replace a surface parking lot at 615 E. Ocean Boulevard, calls for the construction of a 21-story tower which would feature 203 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above parking for 261 vehicles in an automated garage.

View looking northwestStudio One Eleven

Requested entitlements include development incentives through Long Beach's "enhanced density bonus," which permits an array of on- and off-menu bonuses to allow greater floor area and waivers of other zoning standards. In exchange for the incentives, WPH would be required to set aside 13 of the new apartments as deed-restricted affordable housing at the very low-income level.

Studio One Eleven is designing 615 Ocean, which would rise to an apex of 257 feet above street level, and also calls for resident amenities including outdoor decks, a rooftop pool, a fitness center, lounge rooms, a game room, and a club room. Balconies are planned for roughly one third of the apartments.

View looking eastStudio One Eleven

"The project design features a modern sleek treatment including a staggered protrusion element that serves as balcony space and an architectural aesthetic appeal," reads a staff report to the Planning Commission. "The lower levels also include a concealed curtain wall system with fritted glazing surrounding the automated parking facility."

The staff report indicates that the project meets the standards required for the city's enhanced density bonus and other local zoning rules, and recommends approval of the project.

View looking southeastStudio One Eleven

The 615 Ocean development would rise from a property located just west of Shoreline Gateway, a recently-completed 35-story tower that now ranks as the tallest building in Long Beach. Construction was also completed recently for a new high-rise from Vancouver-based developer Onni Group at the intersection of Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard.

WPH Holdings, outside of its proposed high-rise in Long Beach, has focused its efforts on affordable housing developments in the City of Los Angeles.

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