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Densification Via Rail: Yet Another Story About Expo Line Projects

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Older rendering of Eric Owen Moss, Casden project
Stories about new condos and new office towers rising along the Expo Line are all the rage: First the Los Angeles Business Journal tackled the subject, and now New York Times picks up their story, and takes another look at the planned development along the Expo Line, the light rail line that will extend from downtown to Santa Monica (in two different phases). First there's an update on that Eric Owen Moss-designed 12-story office tower at La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards. Already attracting tenants, the building, according to the Times, "will offer ceiling heights up to 24 feet and an entrance that will be flush with the elevated train station." And boo: "Despite its proximity to the station, the project will include a separate parking structure for 700 cars." No word on a ground-breaking, though.

Additionally, there's an update on the controversial Casden Properties project planned for cement factory next to the Sepulveda Boulevard station. "The project would consist of four eight-story buildings containing 538 residential units and about 266,800 square feet of retail space, including a Target store. Despite opposition from some neighborhood residents, Alan I. Casden, the chief executive, said greater density was inevitable." The Times believes that it's the second phase of the Expo Line that's most lucrative to developers.

Meanwhile, in Santa Monica, new development along the Expo Line will be limited to six or seven stories, according to the story, which also mentions the heights limits in Culver City.
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