A parking lot and a pair of small commercial buildings near the Expo Line's Culver City Station have been fenced off, signaling the start of construction for another commercial development.

The properties, located at 8888 Washington Boulevard, are slated for the construction of a four-story building featuring 68,000 square feet of offices above 6,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses.  Plans also call for an automated subterranean parking structure, with accommodations for up to 231 vehicles.

Abramson Teiger Architects is designing the low-rise structure, which is named Synapse.  A project page describe the building as featuring an exterior of custom molded glass fiber reinforced panels, giving it a glossy white appearance.  LED lighting strips will be integrated into the facade, mimicking nerotransmitters.

Runyon Group, the California-based firm behind the adjacent Platform development, is the developer of Synapse.

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Affordable Housing Rises Next to Blue Line in Long Beach

The Beacon will feature 160 units next to Anaheim Station.

After nine years of construction, Century Housing is now four stories about ground at the Beacon, a new affordable housing complex in Downtown Long Beach. 

The project, located next to the Blue Line's Anaheim Station, will feature 160 residential units catering to seniors and veteran in two buildings known as Beacon Place and Beacon Pointe.  Plans also call for amenities such as a gym, a public plaza, supportive se