First, there were the community meetings, then the planning commission, and finally, the city council approval for 11111 Jefferson, aka The Jefferson Project. The major development planned for the triangle shaped site between Jefferson, Machado and Sepulveda will be moving ahead.
The council meeting on Sept. 27, 2021 approved the Environmental Impact Report, and the density bonus requested to begin construction on the site. With 230 apartments and 28,000 square feet of public space, the new mixed-use property will also include retail and office space on the ground floor, and 653 subterranean parking spaces.
The community meetings, which began in December of 2019 before the pandemic, saw a great deal of concern from neighbors in Sunkist Park, Blanco Park and Studio Village. The enormous need for more housing in Culver City was discussed along with the difficulties of increased traffic. The developers used that information to reduce the number of apartments from 279 to 230, and increase the amount of open public space from 11,500 square feet to 28,800 square feet. The planned amount of office space also dropped by 80%, from 51,000 square feet to 11,450 square feet. Bicycle parking will also be included with 71 long term spots ( for residents) and 26 short term spaces (for those using retail and/or office space.)
The EIR notes that the project is made up of four separate parcels, and includes the US Post Office, Coco’s Restaurant, Valvoline Instant Oil Change and and parking currently used by the Exceptional Children’s Foundation. From the city “The Final EIR accurately describes the project and identifies the discretionary approvals accurately.”