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Mixed-Use Complex Wins Hearty OK

A proposal to build a $1-billion mini-city at the site of the old Pike Amusement Park won the enthusiastic backing Tuesday of the Long Beach City Council, which voted to amend the local coastal plan to clear the way for the project.

The plans to construct an 11-building, mixed-use project that would eventually employ 8,000 people must still go before the state Coastal Commission and be reviewed in detail by Long Beach. The project, a venture of the Ratkovich Co. and Enterprise Development West, would be built over a 13-year period, with ground-breaking scheduled for 1990.

The changes in the local coastal plan and downtown shoreline plan would enable developers to build at more than double the density now permitted, as well as to erect buildings as tall as 600 feet.

The 13-acre complex would include offices, shops, residences and up to 500 hotel rooms.

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