Apartment Lofts Come To Sixth Street Near East Village

Downtown Gazette

May 16, 2014

A real estate site left for dead beacause of the lack in the landscape maintenance will be completed into an urban loft-style apartment complex come the beginning of next year.

Urban Pacific Multi-Housing and Pacific Partners Residential have unveiled that they have closed on the land and will start construction of the Sixth Street Lofts, located at 431 E. Sixth St. It will become a complex with 30 loft-style apartments of about 605 to 835 square feet each with a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom units.

“I’m very enthusiastic about Long Beach and it continues to be a market a little off the radar,” said Scott Choppin, founder and CEO of Urban Pacific. “We’ve got a long history of urban residential in downtown Long Beach. We’re very used to the way the city works.”

The construction is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015. According to Choppin, it was the last remaining distressed property in Long Beach. The developer had lost it to the bank, and Choppin said he and his associates first took a look at the property in 2009. Then, about a year and a half ago, a Christmas party encounter referred him back to the property.

“It was just kind of one of those chance conversations,” Choppin said. “We’re going to keep virtually all the improvements (the original developer made) out there and build on that.”

The future lofts will feature European cabinetry; central heating and air conditioning; galley-style kitchens with quartz countertops; fiber optic cabling throughout the project; in-unit laundry connections; 11’ minimum ceiling heights; walk-in closets; and upper-end master baths.

Apartment community features will include two roof top decks with firewatch systems and resort-style seating. There will be a dedicated bike room, workout room, entertainment lounge, elegant entry foyer and landscaped private courtyard.

“These are not mainstream or cookie cutter,” Choppin said. “We won’t be doing this same thing again.”

The building will be four stories, with the bottom floor as the entry. It also will utilize mechanical stacked parking lifts, which Choppin said no other project is using in Long Beach. Of its 40-plus parking spots, 14 will be in the stacked parking mechanism, which allows two cars vertically.

“Neither car has to be there or not there in order to come and go though,” Choppin said.

He added that the units are designed with younger demographics in mind who are transit-oriented and who enjoy walking and biking to nearby urban amenities.

Urban Pacific is Long Beach-based and it is responsible for developing the residential components in CityPlace, among other projects.

 

 

 

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