City place beware of construction


City Place shopping center has been a popular area for shopping and restaurants in downtown Long Beach since it opened in 2002, but change is coming, and construction along with it! The developer that owns City Place is transforming the shopping center by erasing the existing boundaries and incorporating the area into the surrounding downtown. The new design and the businesses that are coming to the area are a work in progress, which means you should be prepared to navigate construction if you visit the old City Place shopping center.

From City Place to “The Streets” – Improving Your Shopping and Dining Experience

The developer of what was once City Place has made it a point to avoid giving an official name to the new development. He wants to emphasize that the area is going to be integrated into downtown, and he expects each street to take on its own personality based on the shops, restaurants and businesses that make their home there. For convenience, he said that the development encompassed by Long Beach Boulevard, Sixth Street, Pine Avenue and Third Street can be called “The Streets.”

Some stores will remain where they are, including Big 5 Sporting Goods and Ross Dress for Less. But there will also be a lot of new offerings, including:

  • Poke Cat
  • Creative Crepes
  • Romeo Chocolates
  • The Plant Junkie
  • Burgerim, an eatery with a specialty in small hamburgers
  • Party Monkey
  • Table 301

What was previously Nordstrom Rack has become a creative office space housing both Studio One Eleven and Retail Design Collaborative, including more than 135 employees. There are also plans to build a four-story mixed-use space with 20 units.

The design of the buildings will attempt to weave in the surrounding downtown so the transition will be more seamless. “The Streets” will be distinctive and attractive, but in a way that makes them part of the community.

Construction has already begun, so do not be surprised if you find a lot of your old City Place favorites missing or hard to access. The developer expects the restaurants to begin to open in approximately six months.

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