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Landscape architecture and design firm SWA Group has unveiled its designs for a new public plaza in Downtown Culver City, which is being built in conjunction with the long-awaited Culver Steps development.

The project is transforming a former parking lot into a 55,000-square-foot terraced plaza, connecting with the historic Culver Hotel and surrounding businesses.  A sloping green spaced called "The Hill" is cantilevered over a parking ramp, and could be programmed for outdoor performances and events.

The adjacent development, which comes from Hackman Capital Partners and architecture firm EYRC, will consist of a four-story building with 75,000 square feet of offices and 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space at the corner of Washington and Culver Boulevards.

Completion is anticipated in 2020.

Hackman is also embarking on an expansion of the historic Culver Studios, which will soon become the new home of Amazon Studios, IMDB and several other subsidiaries of Amazon.

Image courtesy of SWA Group

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The project, located on Eads Street between Blake Avenue and the Los Angeles River, will consist of a four-story edifice featuring eight dwelling units above a street-level coffee shop.