Culver City Edition

Culver City receives Westside Prize

CULVER CITY — The Westside Urban Forum has awarded the Westside Prize to the city of Culver City, Access Culver City and the Ivy Station for Culver City’s transit-oriented development district project known as “the Hub.”

Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, joined by Vice Mayor Thomas Small and Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells, accepted the prize on behalf of the city and affirmed the city’s strong commitment to revitalizing and reinvesting in the community by establishing transient oriented projects.

“The city’s overall plan has been to create a higher density, transit-served neighborhood that improves regional mobility and air quality by reducing local reliance on the automobile,” Cooper said. “The city is also embarking on a Visioning Plan to build on the strengths of the transit-oriented development district, examining area mobility and circulation, and planning for the next decade and beyond for this area’s transit oriented development.”

The Westside Prize recognizes the Hub, which is the emerging transit oriented center around the Culver City Expo Station. Over the past decade, the city and former Culver City Redevelopment Agency have engaged in a long-term plan of creating a mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to the Expo Station.

With green building and best planning practices, the Hub project will be a center for employment, housing and environmental sustainability. It will feature a local market, hotel, restaurants, two public parks, modernized housing, creative office space, and tree-lined, walkable and bikeable streets — all adjacent to a public transit plaza.

“The Westside Urban Forum hopes these developments will set a new standard and will usher in a new way of living in and moving around the region,” board President Josh Stephens said. “We encourage cities and developers to follow the extraordinary example set by Culver City, Lowe and Greystar.”

The Hub is one of nine Culver City transit-oriented development projects, including Ivy Station and Access Culver City, which have been in the making for almost a decade and will contribute to nearly $1 billion of area reinvestment.

“Today we are starting to see the fruits of our labor,” Cooper added. “We have developed strong partnerships with transit-oriented developers and look forward to Lowe’s groundbreaking next month on Ivy Station.”

Westside Urban Forum is now in its third decade as the premier networking organization dedicated to the land-use dialogue impacting Los Angeles’ Westside. Its monthly speaker series features insightful speakers focused on a lively debate about the future of the region’s urban fabric.

As a group of developers, planners, designers, architects and community members engaged in all facets of planning and development, the forum seeks to increase the quality of policy discussions impacting the Westside.