Affordable Housing Coming to Central Long Beach

The project, located at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Walnut Avenue, will consist of a five-story building featuring 88 one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings.  Plans also call for 22,700 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, most of which would be occupied by a medical clinic.  A three-story, 156-car garage is slated for the back of the property.

SVA Architects is designing the Anaheim and Walnut development, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary low-rise apartment complex.  Architectural plans show on-site amenities such as a rooftop deck, a central courtyard, and recreation rooms.

According to February 2021 application for tax-exempt bonds, the estimated budget for the project is $53 million.  Proposed rents from range from $379 to $1,678 per month. Per a news release from general contractord R.D. Olson Construction, the apartments will be reserved for formerly homeless seniors and low-income famillies earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income level.

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Long Beach Shiny New Downtown

Tallest Tower

LA’s downtown isn’t the only one undergoing a major transformation, LA’s little brother Long Beach is also in the mitts of a construction boom.  Downtown Long Beach has over 20 projects either already
under construction, or proposed for development.  A few of the developments that will drastically change the image of Downtown LB will be a $250 Entertainment Center adjacent to the Queen Mary
a 35 story Residential tower 
(set to be the new tallest tower for LB), a flashy new Civic Center , and remodel of the Aquarium of the PacificCurbed LA compiled a list of developments
planned that has me pretty excited to see what DTLB will eventually grow into.

Queen Mary Development

New Civic Center

Aquarium of the Pacific

Dancing in The Streets of Long Beach is Back!


Summer and Music, SAM, has returned for the fifth time around with the kick-off, the always fun ‘Dancing in the Streets.’ The Summer And Music festival features eclectic music events, extraordinary acts and dances at various eco-conscious outdoor venues throughout Long Beach’s downtown. Dancin’ in the Streets is the first to kick off the summer festival on June 27, showcasing sounds of California’s culture, food and music from an array of genres. The event takes places at the Promenade from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. DJ Lithuanian Prince will be entertaining throughout the night while attendees can partake in the Beachwood BBQ and Brewing Beer Garden. This year’s festival will also introduce the new event Twisted at the Pike. This experience will offer attendees the chance to travel into a twisted carnival setting accompanied by live music, magic and art. The event will take place on July 20 from 6 p. m. – 11 p.m. at the Pike’s Rainbow Harbor’s Ferris Wheel setting.

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26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival


The 26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival is vastly approaching, August 9-11.  One of my favorites, the Long Beach Jazz Festival setups on a grassy knoll adjacent to the beach  in Downtown Long Beach’s Shoreline Village, setting the perfect atmosphere for a evening of awesome live R&B and Jazz performances.  This years line up includes: The Whispers, Howard Hewett, The O’Jays, Euge Groove, Gladys Knight, Poncho Sanchez, Eric Benét, and many more!

Long Beach Jazz Festival

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SouthLA Ad: The Red Marketing Group

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Long Beach City Hall Going Lofts

Long Beach Lofts

Long Beach is sprucing it a bit, converting the building that housed Edison International, City Hall East into Edison Lofts.  Once finished, Edison Lofts will offer 134 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with a groundfloor cafe and live/work units. Cliff Ratkovich, who leads the group buying the building, says he hopes to “turn it into a beautiful jewel on the skyline,” adding that the rehabbed building will no longer be a barrier between downtown Long Beach and the East Village Arts District.  Asking/Selling price, $2.1 million.

Long Beach City Hall Lofts

14th Annual Black College Expo Returns To LA

Black College Expo

The 14th Annual Black College Expo Returns to LA February 2nd and as someone who was accepted to Hampton University on the spot (Black Collge Expo Oakland 2005) I definitely recommend making the trip to all High School Students.  Younger students can get a feel for what is necessary to get into their ideal schools and older students with all the necessary documents can be accepted on the spot to certain schools.  Helping over 375,000 students get into college and giving away over $500,000 in scholarships The Black College Expo will take place on Saturday, February 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Make sure you have all the requirements necessary for your school, dress professional and you can have your college acceptance on the spot.  I had to go up to Oakland because after attending the LA Expo I didn’t do my personal statement, thinking since I was doing an on the spot interview I didn’t need it, WRONG.  The next week it was in Oakland so along with having a wonderful supportive mother, I prepared my personal statement and was on the road to Oakland the next weekend.  Now I am Hampton University Alum, Thanks Black College Expo!

Black College Expo

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SoCal HBCU Week 2012

[UPDATE] We are less than one week away from the kick off of this year’s SoCal HBCU WEEK #LAXHomecoming 2012. Starting on August 5, 2012 thru August 11, 2012 we will be hosting a series of uplifting, educational, and entertaining events aimed at creating scholarship funds and synergy among the Los Angeles Alumni as well as Current students of Historically Black Colleges & Universities; members of African American Greek fraternities/sororities; Young Urban Professionals and community leaders alike.  Schedule of Events are as follows: Continue reading

Dancing In the Streets of Long Beach

FREE. ALL-AGES! This Saturday, August 4 at 714 Pine Ave, Downtown Long Beach (Intersection of Pine Avenue & 7th Street / Anderson Paint and Hardware parking lot) We’re picking up where last year’s Buskerfest ended, SAM 2012 is bringing the dance party back to the streets of Downtown. Featuring Long Beach’s live jive-inducing music, spins from the finest local DJs, world-class food trucks (Like The Lime Truck, that won season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race on The Food Network) and a beer garden, Dancin’ in the Streets is set up to be an evening of shaking and shimmying the likes of which is rarely seen outside of a hot and sweaty dance club.

Tear’n-Up the Streets of Long Beach