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Gaze upon these first renderings for Cumulus tower

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The mixed-use development would bring a 30-story tower to West Adams

Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Cumulus will include a 30-story tower, plus plazas, offices, and shops.
Renderings by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, courtesy of Carmel Partners

A major project planned for a West Adams property has been mostly a mystery since it was first proposed in 2015. Now, we’re getting our first good look at what could be in store for the site at La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards.

Renderings on the website for project developer Carmel Partners show off the development, called Cumulus. The complex, designed by TCA Architects, includes a seven-story podium building, about 1,200 residential units, and 100,000 square feet of retail. A grocery store is reportedly planned to take up some of that square footage. A 30-story tower designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz is also planned.

Open space, plazas, offices and commercial space are also part of the plans for the site, which is just north of the La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line station. (The geographically-challenged website refers to the project’s neighborhood as Culver City.)

Carmel tells Curbed that the designs are still being revised and that parts of these renderings are out-of-date. But this is the best look we’ve had in three years of what might be rising on the 11-acre property.

Carmel Partners had plans for the 11-acre site starting in 2015, but it didn’t purchase the land until 2016, when it paid almost $111 million. It had originally planned to begin construction this year.

A rendering of some boxy low-rise buildings, seen from the street looking up. Solomon Cordwell Buenz, courtesy of Carmel Partners

In 2016, the Crenshaw Subway Coalition (which unsuccessfully sued the city over the Crenshaw Line) and the Friends of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative (which supported a failed ballot measure to impose a two-year building moratorium on many big, tall buildings) sued to halt the tower’s construction. Those groups lost, but they have filed an appeal.