Culver City's getting serious about filling in its dead space--the latest movement is gauging developer interest in two empty lots at the northeast and northwest corners of Washington and Centinela, not far from Marina del Rey. The Wave reports that the city's redevelopment agency is hoping for a gourmet market hall experience (think Santa Monica Place's The Market), plus a partially-submerged parking garage with 245 spots--170 for the market and the rest for area businesses. "On Monday, staff recommended that the agency develop the site as a market hall where retail vendors would sell such products as artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, chocolates and other confections, wine, baked goods, locally grown produce, specialty coffee, organic meats, flowers and other high-quality products," reports the newspaper, adding that a restaurant or two could go in. After a request for qualifications, the redevelopment org. will look at two or three developers and ask them for specific proposals. Meanwhile, neighbors are already weighing in, with some saying they were told the lots would be developed for neighborhood-serving purposes and that a large parking garage doesn't fit with that vision. Others were worried that having retail open at night could entice a gang element (there have been problems in the past). Didn't you know the M-13 goes bonkers for prosciutto and manchego?
· Culver City Seeks Developers for Market Hall [Wave]
· Culver City Parking Lot Looking Sexy to Developers [Curbed LA]