Wende Community Center to Come Before Planning Commission

The Culver City Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 10, 2021 will be looking at a proposal to update the Wende Museum’s comprehensive plan, which would permit the redevelopment of the armory property at 10808-10860 Culver Boulevard.

On May 26, 2019, the phrase”Swiss Army Building” entered the local jargon, as the Wende’s Executive Director Justin Jampol succeeding in winning approval for a new building that would encompass a community center, a performance space, and micro-housing units for artists-in-residence. 

The first phase of of the new building (which would be considered part of a larger campus of the Wende Museum) calls for a 7,000-square-foot community center that will add meeting spaces, archives and artifact storage, and room for events, a performance space and a garden. Of the two existing buildings, a 2,200-square-foot structure would be demolished, (it has been deemed to be too expensive to rehabilitate) while an existing A-frame building would be restored and combined with the new construction.

The museum’s current garden space would be expanded to connect with the community center.

The third phase of the expansion, a city-initiated project, would replace a portion of an existing community garden to create six dwellings – averaging 325 square feet each – that would be reserved for low-income, homeless artist residents. Location of new community garden space is still to be finalized. 

AUX Architecture is designing the community center, which would include landscaped terraces and an exterior of painted stucco, concrete, and aluminum. the current a start date for the project is pencilled in for January 2022, with completion in October 2022.

Tonight’s Planning Commission meeting will be the final approval for the construction to begin. 

Additional text – UrbanizeLA 

Photo – Architects rendering from AUX

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