More dead space near Culver City's main drag could come alive, reports The Wave. The spot, 9300 Culver Blvd. aka Parcel B, is probably best known as the giant parking lot across from Trader Joe's that serves as Downtown's unofficial end. In 2009, the city canceled a deal that would have brought a Gensler-designed commercial building to the site (developer Rush Pacifica couldn't secure financing), and now the Culver City Redevelopment Agency is on the hunt for a new developer. It's winnowed a list of potentials down to five--officials are asking for proposals for a three-story, 118,000 square foot mixed-use building with 84 underground parking spaces (the parcel is already entitled for that size and officials want to expedite the process so they're keeping it). Even though the project is small, Culver City wants something "iconic" that remains pedestrian-friendly (the Expo Line isn't far). Recommendations for the project site include "a mixed-use commercial and residential development, a hotel, cultural space and/or affordable housing on the upper floors, an architectural design that complements surrounding buildings and businesses, an energy and environmentally conscious design, green space, a book store and stationary store, retail space, space for farmers' markets, additional parking, a rooftop garden and access to the Washington/National Expo Line light rail station." We like the very specific recommendation for paper products the best, unless they mean a store that doesn't move.
· Five Developers Vie to Develop Downtown Property Owned by Culver City [The Wave]
· Culver City's Town Plaza Project Is Off, Parties Point Fingers [Curbed LA]