A long-vacant lot in Culver City will finally be reactivated, as construction is now underway for a residential-retail complex on the blighted property.

The half-acre development site, located at 12803 Washington Boulevard, is being transformed into a five-story building that will feature 37 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments above 7,200 square feet of ground-level retail space.  The project will set aside three units for very low-income households and offer amenities such as a roof deck and an underground parking structure.

Pleskow Architects is designing the development, which will be clad with a mix of stucco, concrete and wood panels.

The development entity, a limited liability company known as Axis Mundi RE II, is linked the family behind the Helm's Bakery complex and a firm known as James Suhr & Associates.

A smaller mixed-use building was recently completed a short distance east along Washington Boulevard.