A huge new development planned for Culver City could transform a six-acre shopping center, bringing new housing and retail space to the area—and some residents are concerned about its impact on the community.
An online petition against the project has gained 120 signatures. It suggests the development would “cause much more congestion” and exacerbate parking issues in the area.
The project, planned for 6221 Bristol Parkway, would rise just south of the Westfield Culver City shopping mall—itself redeveloped in 2009.
The mixed-use complex would replace a cluster of box stores with 725 apartments, 50 live-work units, and 21,000 square feet of new commercial space. The developer also has plans for landscaped open space (designed by RELM) and a parking structure with 800 spaces.
Developer HSH Management Group will present plans for the project in a community meeting this evening. Project opponents are encouraging “concerned” residents to attend.
According to a representative for R&A Architecture + Design, which is designing the project, transportation consultant Sam Schwartz Engineering has been brought onboard to plan for some of the concerns.
Potential solutions include on-site car-sharing, shuttle service, and improvements to bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the area.
The project is far from the only development in the vicinity. On the opposite side of the 405 freeway, owners of the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center are wrapping up work on a $30-million overhaul of the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex. Nearby, two different residential projects are also planned.
Developers of the Culver City complex first presented details of the project to the public in October, when plans called for 25 additional apartments (but none of the live-work units).
That design change will be among the topics discussed at the meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at Sheraton Four Points hotel.