Downtown Long Beach development: Mapping all the major projects on the way

    When it comes to construction in the Los Angeles area, Downtown LA often hogs the spotlight, with tall towers and seven-story apartment complexes springing up from South Park to the Arts District.

    But another Downtown—Downtown Long Beach—deserves some attention as well. The core of the city has been experiencing a major flurry of development lately—which is surprising, given that work began just over two years ago on the city’s first residential high-rise in more than a decade.

    With dozens of projects now in the works for Downtown Long Beach, we’ve rounded up a few of the biggest set to rise in the area.

    1 Long Beach’s tallest tower

    Once built, this 35-story residential tower will be the tallest in Long Beach. The 221-unit building will rise right next to a 17-story complex called The Current. Planned by the same developers, the two buildings will be connected by a 10,000-square-foot plaza.

    2 The Queen Mary

    The beautiful but aging Queen Mary, moored in Long Beach since 1967, is due for an extensive overhauloverseen by the ship’s new operator, Urban Commons. The developer also plans to construct an enormous $250 million entertainment complex next to the ship—complete with ice climbing and rooftop surfing pavilions.

    3 Long Beach Civic Center

    A huge overhaul is on the way for Long Beach’s Civic Center, where many of the brutalist buildings that stand on the site today will be razed to make way for a flashy cluster of new structures that will give the city a new library, city hall, new retail establishments, and offices for city employees.

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