Many Expo Line riders getting off at the new Culver City station have noticed that the dingy set of buildings catty-corner to the stop have been leveled. The southeast corner of Washington and National, across from the awesome Surfas restaurant supply store, is the site of developer Legado's planned Legado Crossing development. Legado CEO Derek Jones confirms the first step in building the mixed-use project started with the recent demolition, while a groundbreaking will hopefully take place by the end of the year. Completion is expected by first quarter 2014. The project will have 115 market-rate apartments, with one-, two-, and three-bedroom units--the one-bedrooms will be about 700 square feet, with the three-bedrooms approximately 1,800 square feet. There will also be 31,000 square feet of groundfloor retail space, with about four or five spots carved out (the developer is pursuing a small grocer, drugstore, and restaurants). A 9,500 square foot public plaza is planned at the southeast corner of Washington and National, with more public hangout space on the development's second floor.
The project will have two levels of subterranean parking, along with a few dozen ground-level spaces. Jones tells Curbed that Culver City mandated the same parking space minimum for Legado as for any other development (!), even though it's across from the train. Apparently people in nearby single family houses, fearful of others parking on their streets, pushed for more parking at the development. On the bright side, Jones added that renters will be given transit passes for a year to encourage ridership on the Expo. Meanwhile, at least two other developments--the Platform and a project from Lowe Enterprises--are planned for the vicinity.
· Culver City to Get Expo Line-Adjacent Retail, Residential, Hotel [Curbed LA]