Planning Commission Approves Proposed North Long Beach Warehouse Development • Long Beach Business Journal

Plans to redevelop an industrial property in North Long Beach into a large warehouse can go ahead as the Planning Commission approved the project at its meeting on Thursday.

The new development, which will include the demolition of all existing structures on the site and the construction of a new 303,970 square foot concrete industrial warehouse, will occupy nearly half of the 14.19 acre property at 5900 Cherry Ave. .

The approval comes seven months after commercial real estate consulting and services firm Newmark Group announced the sale of the property, which was owned by oil and gas company Plains All American Pipeline. The property was sold for $50.7 million to Link Logistics Real Estate, a subsidiary of Blackstone specializing in last-mile logistics properties.

The building is expected to be 51 feet tall and plans include 9,000 square feet of office space as well as 338 parking stalls and 79 truck parking stalls, with various access points for trucks and passenger vehicles to reduce conflict, said project planner Amy Harbin.

The project’s projected future economic impacts include $370 million to be injected into the local economy from 2023 to 2027, according to Yemi Alade, development manager of Link Logistics Real Estate.

Over that five-year period, the project is expected to increase economic output by $540 million, and Link is expected to contribute $6 million in state property and sales taxes, Alade said.

As a result of construction, 120 jobs are expected to be created and more than 500 jobs will result from project operations, Alade said.

Several union and union members spoke in favor of the project at the meeting, citing the potential for employment and economic growth for construction workers. Working on the project, union members noted, will provide a living wage and health benefits and support an apprenticeship program for those entering the field.

But many community members have also expressed concern about potential environmental impacts, increased noise and traffic.

“My residents’ neighbors have been battling cancer, throat cancer, lung cancer, so this should be reconsidered, please,” said Renee Rios, who lives near a project similar and is president of the Longwood Neighborhood Association. “I understand there are jobs at stake, and I appreciate all the men who go out there and work and bring money to families. I understand that, but in the long run it will impact everyone’s life.

Although the Department of Health and Human Services usually has the opportunity to comment on projects when they are first submitted, comments are not usually given on this type of project, according to city staff.

Although it is not known who the future tenants will be, Urban Crossroads, an organization that provides traffic, air and noise consulting services, has carried out air quality analyzes of both the both construction and operation of the project and has determined that any emissions created will be well below the threshold set by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. This threshold is the standard used to determine whether or not a project has significant impacts on air quality.

Specifically, Urban Crossroads has determined that construction of the project will create a daily maximum of 44 pounds of nitrogen oxide emissions, or NOx – a precursor to smog that comes from diesel emissions and is linked to many problems. health – while the warehouse operation will produce a maximum of 16 lbs. AQMD’s construction threshold is 100 pounds per day, while its operating threshold is 55.

All other pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and sulfur oxides, were also determined to be well below thresholds for construction and operation.

As for traffic issues, 94 daily truck trips are planned, with industrial activity generally avoiding peak hours, said Charlene So of Urban Crossroads.