Long Beach sees uptick in urban development
By Dom Fimiano
Residential development in Long Beach has steadily increased inc the last several years. DR Horton’s Castine Pointe growth continues off Commission Road, and new developments are underway. The Enclave off Mitchell Road and Bear Point off Beatline and Pineville Roads are subdivisions early in their development plans. Bear Point is still planning their construction, and The Enclave development is underway, with slabs being poured. Another development is the Winter Garden Estates, a high-end condominium development off Klondyke Road behind Joe’s Italian Restaurant.
The Bear Point property is thirty-one acres. Land is being cleared while drainage and road development are being planned. When the permitting process is completed, developers say construction generally speeds up with dry weather. The Long Beach Planning Commission closely monitors all development phases through permitting, construction monitoring and inspections.
Approximately 315 homes are planned for the Bear Point neighborhood. At this time, two entrances are planned. One entrance is off Beatline Road, and the other is off Pineville. City leaders say that at least two community entrances help spread out traffic flow and increase speed for emergency access. Some citizens are concerned about the increased traffic and also about potential drainage problems. The Long Beach Planning Commission has developers plan for these situations and monitors development to help ensure community growth is smart development that benefits everyone. Bear Point development plans have not been finalized, and a start date has not been determined.
Two developments either early in construction or underway are The Enclave subdivision on Mitchell Road and the Winter Garden Estates on Klondyke. Construction has started, with slabs being poured in The Enclave. Streets are cut out, and the community design is taking shape. The developer is planning for 116 new homes and has worked to improve drainage in the area from Pineville down Mitchell Road. Drainage improvement and flood prevention are a high priority for developers and the City of Long Beach Urban Planning Department.
Winter Garden Estates condominium development off Klondyke Road has four condominiums completed. Six buildings are planned, totaling twenty-four condominiums. Each building includes four high-end condos. The developer, Joe Gauci, states five more buildings are planned with high ceilings, granite, other luxurious amenities, and a community pool. The Winter Garden Estates also includes drainage improvements.
City leaders say they are confident that Long Beach has plenty to offer with the variety of new residential developments. Current construction plans are expected to take three to five years to complete.