Developer Casden has had a tough go of things lately, with aborted or moribund projects around the Grove and West Hollywood. But they're not giving up on their big West LA mixed-use project, planned around the Expo Line Sepulveda station and announced more than three years ago. Neighbors were just sent mailers on the development, which recently completed its environmental impact report. The Casden pamphlets were mailed with Transit Coalition newsletters, ostensibly to highlight the light rail tie-in for the 538 unit project that includes over 260,000 square feet of retail on Sepulveda and Pico. What's interesting is that the development, long attached to a Target, mentions nothing about the big box store in its literature or website. "The project would also include neighborhood-serving businesses, a full-service grocery store, a national retailer, and other amenities on the street level to meet residents' day-to-day needs," Casden writes in its mailer. "This project will create a place where people can live without daily dependence on a car." The developer says they hope the project will be a destination people take the train, bike, or bus to (but there will be over 2,000 parking spots just in case).
Architect Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh also plans on making room for rooftop gardens and terraces. While the project is large and in charge, the immediate neighborhood is no Cheviot Hills or Beverly Hills. Opposition to the Expo Line is mostly nil and the current site of the project is a cement factory, which not many--other than the employees--will shed many tears for. The pamphlet, which includes a questionnaire on the desire for density in the area, says they remain in the "beginning stages of this project."
· CasdenWestLA [Official Site]
· Casden's Pico/Sepulveda Project Jumps on Expo Bandwagon [Curbed LA]