Karney Properties Co. is the latest developer to try its hand at a mixed-use complex near the Expo Line's Culver City Station.
Their project, known as the Wesley, would create 234 apartments, 45,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses, underground parking and 30,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space at 8700-8750 Washington Boulevard. The approximately 3.6-acre site - bounded by Washington, Wesley Street and Helms Avenue - is currently improved with a collection of low-rise commercial buildings.
Los Angeles-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture is designing the project, which conceptual sketches shows as a collection of four- and five-story structures, built around landscaped paseos and courtyards.
Karney gave an initial presentation about the Wesley to community members on November 9 at the Helms Design Center, located directly across the street from the development site.
A number of similar projects are in varying stages of development on nearby properties, including the Access Culver City apartments, which were completed across Wesley Street in 2016. Construction is currently ramping up for the $300-million Ivy Station complex at Culver City Station, while a new office building that will house HBO is gearing up to begin work across the street. A smaller residential-retail development is also proposed for a vacant lot at 3434 Wesley.
The Wesley development dovetails with Culver City's ongoing T.O.D. visioning study, which reimagines mobility and transportation between the Downtown Culver City, the Expo Line, the Arts District and the Hayden Tract. Washington Boulevard, in the initial recommendations presented to the Culver City Council this year, is proposed as a complete street with a mix of uses.
Karney, based out of Los Angeles since 1952, owns and operates over 100 properties between Los Angeles and Orange Counties.