LONG BEACH - Meta Housing was given the green light Thursday to build its biggest project yet: a $200 million mixed-use development that will provide 356 homes for seniors and families in Central Long Beach.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved Meta's plans for a three-tower development on almost 3-1/2 acres at Long Beach Boulevard and Anaheim Street.
The project would include 186 rental units for seniors, 170 condominiums, 610 parking spaces and 42,000 square feet of retail space that Meta hopes would attract small businesses and anchors such as a supermarket or drug store.
Commissioner Becky Blair said this is the realization of a vision from about 15 or 20 years ago, when the Metro Blue Line came to town.
"Although it's a long time coming, we're glad that you are able to bring this project to us," she said to developers, adding that the project anchors the area and creates an entrance to downtown.
"I hope that, as we watch this project grow, this will increase other smaller or maybe even larger projects that are also zoned for higher density on the other side of the street," she said. "And now we really begin to have this high-density corridor that we envisioned many years ago."