A late 1970s office complex in the Fox Hills neighborhood is up for redevelopment with housing, according to an environmental report published by Culver City.
LPC West, the West Coast arm of Lincoln Property Company, is seeking entitlements for the construction of a new mixed-use apartment complex at 5700 Hannum Avenue - a roughly 2.2-acre site at the southwest corner of Hannum and Buckingham Parkway. Plans call for the construction of a new six-story building which would feature 309 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 5,600 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Parking for 428 vehicles would be provided at-grade and in two subterranean levels.
Requested approvals included density bonus incentives to permit more housing and greater height than allowed by Culver City's zoning rules. In exchange, LPC West would set aside 27 of the new apartments for rent as very low-income affordable housing.
KFA Architecture is designing 5700 Hannum, which is portrayed in illustrations as a contemporary podium-type building lined with outdoor seating and perimeter landscaping. Plans also call for more than 54,000 square feet of open space, including a central courtyard, a gym, common rooms, and a rooftop amenity deck. Some of that space - a new plaza fronting Hannum Avenue - would be accessible to the public.
Agency Artifact is serving as the project's landscape architect.
According to a project website, outreach for the project commenced in December 2022. An environmental impact report, as well as hearings before the Culver City Planning Commission and City Council, will be required prior to approval. Should that schedule hold up, the project's initial study projects that construction could begin as early as the first quarter of 2025 and conclude after approximately 30 months in the fourth quarter of 2027.
The proposed development is not the first time a property owner has attempted to transform a property in Fox Hills with housing and commercial space in recent years. A six-acre shopping complex on Bristol Parkway was previously slated to make way for a mixed-use complex with more than 700 residential units, although the project application has since been withdrawn. At the same time, office projects in the neighborhood have managed to move forward, such as the 280,000-square-foot C3 complex one block west which is now home to the headquarters of TikTok.
Prospects may be more hopeful for 5700 Hannum. Unlike that earlier proposal, the LPC West project emerges subsequent to Culver City's housing element update, which designates the 5700 Hannum property for redevelopment with homes.
LPC West has been one of the most active developers in Culver City in the past decade, having previously built a new office complex near the E Line which is now leased by Apple, as well as the Entrada complex on the west side of the 405 Freeway. LPC West is also planning to build more offices on a surface parking lot along Watseka Street in Downtown Culver City.
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