Construction is roaring ahead on the Current, Downtown Long Beach's first high-rise building to break ground since the Great Recession. The $70 million development from Anderson Pacific, LLC had been delayed for roughly ten years prior to starting work in Fall. As of this past weekend, rebar for the building's basement parking now protrudes above street level.
When finished in early 2016, the 17-story tower will offer 223 studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and penthouse apartments. At ground level, the project will include for 6,750 square feet of stores, and restaurants. According to designs by San Francisco-based BAR Architects, an adjacent section of Lime Avenue will be permanently closed to automobiles, creating a 25,000-square-foot public plaza with green space and outdoor seating at the foot of the building.
Following completion of the Current, Anderson Pacific intends to commence work on a second phase of the development: a 35-story condominium tower. Phase two, which would create the tallest residential building in Long Beach, is slated for a neighboring surface parking lot at the northwest corner of Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue.
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