Density averse Westside residents may object, but the Martin family continues to press onward with ambitious plans to convert their Cadillac dealership into a mixed-use development. Although Martin Cadillac has been a West LA landmark for decades, the coming of the Expo Line motivated the family to re-envision their property with retail, office and residential space. The Martins have set up a page for the Martin Expo Town Center on Popularise, providing neighbors a venue to offer critiques and suggestions for the project.
Altogether, the Martin Expo Town Center (METC) plans for just over 800,000 square feet of total floor area. The project's 516 residential units range from studio to three bedroom apartments, divided between low-rise and mid-rise structures. The tallest residential building would stand 11-stories, featuring roughly 60,000 square feet of street level retail space. METC's 200,000 square foot creative office component would rise within a 10-story building, towering 160 feet above the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive. At ground level, the office tower would contain a 10,000 square foot showroom for Martin Cadillac.
Of course, we have yet to see how METC navigates its way through the approvals process and the inevitable fight with the locals. The West LA Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee voted unanimously to oppose the project back in June, citing concerns over traffic gridlock and the height of the proposed buildings. While the mid-rise structures are hardly out of scale with the neighborhood (there are multiple 10-story office buildings within a quarter mile radius of the project site), the concerns about traffic aren't completely unreasonable. The Olympic/Bundy intersection comes to a standstill at rush hour, and the relocation of Riot Games next-door will likely exacerbate the current mess. METC is also difficult to accept as a "transit oriented development," considering that the full build out of the proposal creates nearly 1,800 parking spaces.
- Martin Expo Town Center (Official Website)
- What Would You Like to See at the Martin Expo Town Center? (Popularise)
- Martin Town Center (WLANC)