The Planning Commission has enthusiastically approved the design of a downtown area Sheraton hotel and an adjacent office building, but commissioners have asked for the final say-so on the buildings' exterior color scheme and the design of a fountain in a courtyard between the two buildings.
The crescent-shaped, 500-room hotel and 21-story office tower will occupy the block bounded by Long Beach Boulevard, 1st Street, Elm Street and Ocean Boulevard, where the Fox West Coast Theater once stood. Project applicant Stanley Cohen of Shoreline Square Associates of Long Beach said he expects to break ground in mid-June and complete the project in the first quarter of 1988.
In the planning stages for nearly four years, Cohen's plans to develop this key downtown corner have been plagued by financing difficulties and by a lawsuit brought by a disgruntled competing developer.
The building will probably be predominantly salmon in color with flecks of multicolored gravel, and have copper-colored glass. The first three stories will be stepped, leading to the office tower, and both the office building and the hotel will have stepped roofs, giving the complex a faintly Egyptian flavor. Planning Commissioner Nancy Lattimer called the design "just exceptionally wonderful."