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STATE OF CALIFORNIA - THE RESOURCES AGENCY

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor

CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION

South Coast Area Office 200 Oceangate, Suite 1000 Long Beach, CA 90802-4302 (562) 590-5071

W19a

Filed:

2/22/2006

49th Day:

4/12/2006

180th Day:

8/21/2006

Staff:

Charles Posner - LB

Staff Report:

4/20/2006

Hearing Date:

May 10, 2006

Commission Action:

STAFF REPORT: PERMIT AMENDMENT

APPLICATION NUMBER: 5-98-156-A15

APPLICANTS: AGENTS:

City of Long Beach & DDR Urban, LP

Gerald R. Miller, City Manager Tom Bauwens, DDR Senior Project Manager

PROJECT LOCATION: LOCAL APPROVAL:

285 Bay Street, City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County.

Site Plan Review, Long Beach City Council, Case No. 0411-17, 12/13/2005.

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT ORIGINALLY APPROVED FEBRUARY 3, 1999 (5-98-156):

Construction of a 508,550 sq. ft. commercial retail & entertainment complex on the waterfront. (See Appendix A for descriptions of previous permit amendments: A1 – A14.)

DESCRIPTION OF CURRENT AMENDMENT REQUEST (5-98-156-A15):

Construct a ninety-foot high, 140-room hotel on a vacant parcel where the underlying permit approved an eighty-foot high large-format movie theater.

SUMMARY OF STAFF RECOMMENDATION

This application would amend the Commission-issued coastal development permit for the commercial waterfront development known as the “The Pike at Rainbow Harbor” (hereafter referred to as the Pike). The proposed elimination of the previously approved large-format (IMAX-style) movie theater from the visitor-serving project would not conflict with any of the limitations or conditions previously imposed by the underlying permit and would not adversely affect coastal access or coastal resources. As currently proposed, the site where the large- format movie theater would have been built will be developed instead with a seven-story hotel (See Exhibits). The proposed hotel, the only hotel proposed within the Pike development, would provide additional visitor-serving overnight accommodations in the Downtown Shoreline area and thus improve coastal access opportunities for visitors.

Staff is recommending that the Commission APPROVE the amendment request with a revised Special Condition Eighteen that reflects the ninety-foot height of the proposed hotel (instead of the eighty-foot high large-format movie theater). Staff also recommends one new special condition that would require the approved development to be operated as a bona fide hotel

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