By Ariela Moraru
Ensemble is transforming an underutilized area on Seaside Way into a vibrant destination for downtown Long Beach. The company broke ground on Sonata Modern Flats, a 112-unit community designed by Studio TSQ2 and slated for completion by late 2018.
Sonata Modern Flats will feature studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans, as well as a ground floor café and retail spaces. Property amenities will include a rooftop deck with a plunge pool, outdoor kitchen and lounge seating, fitness center and resident lounge. Located at 207 E. Seaside Way, the 92,000-square-foot community is situated alongside the soon-to-open Rainbow Bridge. Studio Pali Fekete Architects designed the $11 million, 605-foot-long elevated pedestrian walkway as a linear park. The bridge will have LED lights and innovative features and will be a continuation of the Promenade and a connector between the Performing Arts Plaza and the Convention Center.
The property is directly across from the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment, which celebrated the grand opening of the Cove, an event space created out of a former underpass as part of a multi-year $60 million refurbishment project. Located beneath the Terrace Theater Plaza, The Cove features LED-lit crystal chandeliers, barnacle-inspired lighting fixtures affixed to pillars and an underwater motif decorating the ceiling.
“We’re excited about how Sonata Modern Flats and the Rainbow Bridge make each other better projects,” said Ensemble’s Tyson Sayles in prepared remarks. “When Sonata is complete late next year, its public spaces, retail and café seating will connect directly out onto the Rainbow Bridge in order to provide a focal point for the elevated park and give people a reason to stop, hang out and interact.”
More in the pipeline
There are several multifamily projects in the pipeline meant to enhance the skyline of downtown Long Beach. Ensemble is also developing Serenade Modern Flats, a five-story, 94-unit community which is under construction. The 80,000-square-foot community will feature a rooftop club, fitness center, plaza-level pedestrian walkway, dog park and conference room. Adjacent to the 444 W. Ocean office building, the project is half a mile away from Sonata Modern Flats. Shangri-La Construction is the general contractor for both residential projects developed by Ensemble.
Sares Regis also broke ground on three other downtown Long Beach communities located less than a mile from Sonata Modern Flats and totaling 348 units.
Images courtesy of Ensemble and Shangri-La Construction