A draft environmental study published this month by the City of Gardena offers a first look at a proposed multifamily residential development near the busy intersection of El Segundo and Crenshaw Boulevards.

The proposed project, which is being developed by Dinerstein Cos. and Blackwood Real Estate, calls for demolishing an auto parts warehouse at 12850-12900 S. Crenshaw Boulevard, clearing the way for the construction of a new eight-story building containing 265 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above parking for 250 vehicles.

AO is designing the proposed project, which would be a podium-type structure comprised of wood-frame construction above a concrete base.  Renderings depict a contemporary mid-rise structure, standing approximately 100 feet in height, with multiple insets used to create courtyard amenity decks for residents.

Plans also call for a digital display to adorn the northern facade of the building, which would be visible from both El Segundo and Crenshaw Boulevards.

Construction of the project is expected to occur over a roughly two-year period, which for the purposes of the environmental study is scheduled as beginning in the third quarter of 2021 and concluding by the third quarter of 2023.

The proposed apartment complex, located just over a half-mile south of the C Line's Crenshaw Boulevard/I-105 Station, is the second development in the South Bay for Blackwood and Dinerstein Cos., following the Millennium Hawthorne apartments now under construction one block away along Crenshaw Boulevard.

Both developments are located in close proximity to the headquarters of SpaceX, as well as the future offices of video doorbell maker Ring, an Amazon subsidiary which is relocating to Hawthorne from Santa Monica.