spring warehouses

Three warehouse buildings were approved to be built on a 7.5-acre lot at the corner of Spring Street and Orange Avenue in Long Beach.

A warehouse complex is set to be built on a 7.5-acre vacant lot on the southwest corner of Spring Street and Orange Avenue in Long Beach.

The city’s Planning Commission approved plans for the three-building project at its Thursday, July 2, meeting.

Three warehouse buildings were approved to be built on a 7.5-acre lot at the corner of Spring Street and Orange Avenue in Long Beach. (Courtesy City of Long Beach)

The three buildings will range in sizes, from 36,000 to 68,000 square feet, but none will be above 45 feet tall. Specific tenants have not yet been identified for the new construction, but businesses in the warehousing, manufacturing and wholesale and distribution industries will be likely contenders, city staff said.

The project will be designed in a “modern architectural style,” according to city staff, with tilt-up concrete walls. The buildings will be primarily off-white and gray with some blue reflective glazing.

In addition to the making the buildings themselves as attractive as possible, the property owner — Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc. — has also agreed to make improvements to the sidewalks, intersection, bike lanes and next-door Willow Springs Park.

The park improvements will include planting new vegetation and adding new trails.

Because the intersection of Spring Street and Orange Avenue is shared between Long Beach and Signal Hill, both cities’ public works departments worked together for months to ensure any changes to the street and sidewalks were amenable to both cities.

“That was a multi-month process,” city planner Scott Kinsey said, “but it did come to a successful conclusion.”

Representatives for Signal Hill Petroleum, meanwhile, said they couldn’t wait to get started on the project.

“We’ve spent a number of months and years putting together this project with the city,” said Lauren Coombs, who manages the company’s real estate development, “and we look forward to enhancing the area and the park and really beautifying that corner.”

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