At the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway sits a grassy vacant lot encircled by a low fence. The site was formerly occupied by Whistler Liquor Jr. Market, which was demolished sometime during the early 2010s. Locals might remember it by its blue shingled roof and faded yellow sign.
Late last month, a site plan review and conditional use permit and zone change were filed with the City of Long Beach for the construction of a four-story residence with 68 dwelling units. The proposed development would also feature 38 parking spaces, a bike kitchen (essentially, a community bicycle repair shop), property management offices, classrooms and a courtyard space on the second level. If approved, the project would span 75,668 square feet.
941 East Pacific Coast Highway is a stone’s throw from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach City College, Long Beach/Pacific Coast Highway Metro Rail station, and numerous grocery stores, fast-casual restaurants and public parks. Future residents will be able to drive to downtown Long Beach in just ten minutes, home to attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village, the Queen Mary, and the Museum of Latin American Art.
Although it could take several years for the project to come to fruition, it’s a promising step forward for addressing the city’s housing supply shortage.