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Culver City creative office project back from the dead with new design

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The previous design was very monolithic

It’s been quite a while since there was movement on a Culver City project between Centinela and the 405 Freeway called Entrada. It looks like Centinela Development Partners has been taking time to reassess and redesign the project, because new plans first spotted by Urbanize LA call for a shorter and smaller building. The revised plans are an attempt to adapt to “changed market conditions” that favor a certain kind of creative office space.

The previous project, which had been approved by Culver City, was for a 13-story office tower. The reworked version is a six-story office building that would sit atop a five-level parking garage for a total height of 11 stories, says ULA. (There would be five levels of above-ground parking and two levels of underground parking.) The podium would be hidden behind a large green wall, as renderings show.

The new Entrada, when finished, would hold more than 270,000 square feet of office space and offer parking for more than 1,000 cars. Parking space would be shared by people working within the building and a nearby DoubleTree hotel, as the construction of the new building would mean the demise of a 265-lot hotel parking lot.

This 13-story version of this project was originally approved in 2008, much to the chagrin of some neighbors, who were underwhelmed by the aesthetics of the building. (One local unfavorably compared it to “a giant, melting ice cube.”) Both iterations of the Entrada are designed by Gensler.

Planning documents indicate that developers hope to begin pre-construction next year, with completion anticipated sometime in mid-2018.