Last month, Apple announced plans to redevelop properties near the intersection of Venice and National Boulevards into a new office campus. An initial study published this week by Culver City offers a closer look at what the iPhone maker has in store.
The project, which would span a roughly 4.5-acre site at the southeast corner of the intersection, would straddle the border between Culver City and the City of Los Angeles. Plans call for razing all existing buildings on the site, which also has frontage on Washington Boulevard, clearing the way for the construction of a pair of four-to-five-story buildings containing a total of 536,000 square feet of office space - all of which would be occupied by Apple. The completed development would include sufficient space to house 2,400 occupants, as well production spaces for multimedia content production. Other on-site uses would include a cafeteria, coffee stations, and space for an employee shuttle service.
The new buildings, which would rise up to 75 feet in height, would not include street-fronting commercial uses - though entrances are planned along both National and Venice Boulevards, and perimeter landscaping is planned. The new structures would have a C-shaped footprint, wrapping around a central landscaped courtyard with outlets to an adjoining access alley to the east and Washington Boulevard to the south.
Parking for the project, which sits directly east of Metro's Culver City Station, would consist of 1,215 vehicle stalls on three below grade levels. Access to the garage would be provided via an alley on the eastern property line, as well as a driveway off of National Boulevard.
Architectural plans included with the initial study indicate that Dallas-based real estate firm Trammell Crow Company is leading the project's development on behalf of Apple. A filing with the Los Angeles Planning Department indicates that HOK is designing the building.
Pending project approvals by both Culver City and Los Angeles, construction of the new campus is scheduled to kick off in the first quarter of 2023 and continue over a 34-month period. Completion is expected by the fourth quarter of 2025.
The proposed campus, when completed, is expected to double Apple's footprint in the Los Angeles area. The company currently occupies approximately 500,000 square feet of space in and around Culver City, including a 128,000-square-foot building that it leases in a neighboring property at Washington and National. Currently, the company employ more than 1,500 people in Los Angeles through Apple TV+, Apple Music, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Apple, as part of a $430-billion U.S. investment plan, previously announced its intent to grow the Culver City office to more than 3,000 employees by the year 2026.
Apple is not the only player in the technology and media industries to set its sights on Culver City.
Across the street, WarnerMedia leases 240,000 square feet of office space at the $350-million Ivy Station complex. To the west on Washington Boulevard, Amazon has leased more than 600,000 square feet of space at the Culver Studios complex and the neighboring Culver Steps development.
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