location:
long beach, California

 

client:
city of long beach & southern california association of governments (SCAG)

 

size:
 2.5 mile-long corridor, approx. 683 acres

 

development:
approx. 12 million

 

land uses:
Retail, Restaurants, Residential, Office, Medical, Transit, Hotel, Streetscape & Open Space

 

Long Beach Blvd. Specific Plan & EIR

The Midtown Specific Plan & EIR creates a form-based code and revitalization strategy to transform a 2.5 mile-long segment of Long Beach Boulevard. Two development zones provide the framework for densities, land use mix, building heights and form. The Transit Node incorporates the greatest mix of land uses, highest densities, and concentration of commercial/retail uses around existing transit stations, while the Corridor development zone includes primarily mixed density residential. The plan includes several priority catalytic projects, including the conversion of the existing Willow Station and park-and-ride facility into a new multimodal station and mixed use TOD that engages Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. 

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The success of this development strategy relies on improving the physical quality of Long Beach Boulevard as a “transit first” corridor, providing a more attractive environment for new economic development and better integrating the two major medical centers on either end of the corridor. While the Metro Blue Line is one of the busiest light rail systems in the country linking Los Angeles and Long Beach, the corridor itself lacks the proper facilities to support the existing high pedestrian and bicycle counts. The Complete Streets strategy for the boulevard reduces right-of-way dedicated to the automobile to increase the sidewalk dimension. This change allows for an improved streetscape along the edges accommodating a new Class I Bicycle Lanes and ample sidewalk width.

 

The project depicted hereon is a project of Cooper Carry, Inc. Richard J Flierl was principal-in-charge of this project while employed by Cooper Carry, Inc.