While development hasn't exactly exploded along the yet-to-open Expo Line, there are two projects in Culver City, the western terminus of Phase 1, that will probably be first out of the gate. Legado Crossing is a mixed-use project--four stories of housing with retail at the bottom--at the corner of Washington and National that developers hope to break ground on this year. And then there's The Platform, which has 40,000 square feet of pure retail, care of The Runyon Group, and is located on the site of a former car dealership on Washington, between Exposition and Landmark (it was previously described as "a hip urban shopping center comparable to the Lab in Costa Mesa or Space 1520 in Hollywood.") Renderings for The Platform were recently posted on the Transit Coalition forum on the Expo Line. The stores in the project are broken up among about five buildings and according to a site plan (see below), a 10,000 square foot, two-story structure has already been leased (a giant Jamba Juice?). Joseph Miller, the 20-something founder of The Runyon Group,
hasn't gotten back to us yet on when a groundbreaking may happen--the whole thing is supposed to open in 2013--but there are listings on LoopNet if you want to set up shop. UPDATE: Miller gives us the scoop after the jump.
"We have had two meetings with our neighbors already and have had a very positive response," Miller tells Curbed. "We will be submitting our package to Culver City before the end of the month and anticipate working with them for the next six months on the entitlements. Groundbreaking is expected in June 2012 and we should open our doors in September 2013."