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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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Senior Affordable Housing Coming to Santa Monica

Three-story development planned on 14th Street.
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The Community Corporation of Santa Monica is pursuing the development of a new senior affordable housing complex just south of the 10 Freeway.

The proposed three-story edifice, slated for a 15,000-square-foot site at 1820 14th Street, would replace a series of smaller commercial buildings with 39 apartments reserved for low-income seniors.  Plans also call for a ground-floor community room, a laundry facility, a library, and one level of underground p