A staff report to the Long Beach Planning Commission offers a first look at a proposed senior affordable housing development at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.

The property, located at the northwest corner of the intersection, currently consists of a collection of small commercial buildings owned by developer Mercy Housing and an empty lot owned by the City of Long Beach.  The City is currently in the process of transferring ownership of its half of the property to Mercy Housing, which intends to clear the entire site to make way for the construction of a four story building containing 67 apartments for moderate-, low-, and very low-income seniors.  Plans also call for approximately 4,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 38 vehicles.

Studio One Eleven is designing the low-rise development, which would have a contemporary style with elements of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne.  Proposed exterior finishes would include smooth stucco, fiber cement siding, and metal.  Architectural plans show that the building would include a podium-level courtyard, a community room, and a common laundry facility.

Requested entitlements for the project, which are subject to approval by the Long Beach City Council, include a zone change and a conditional use permit.  A staff report recommends that the project should be approved.

Mercy Housing's other Los Angeles-area affordable housing developments include ground-up projects planned in Downtown and Sherman Oaks.

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