Last week, real estate firm Lowe Enterprises received rave reviews from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for Ivy Station, a proposed mixed-use complex which would replace Culver City Station's park-and-ride lot at Venice and National Boulevards.

The project, which is being jointly developed with the engineering and construction firm AECOM, would consist of multiple low-rise structures featuring 200 residential units, a 148-key hotel, 210,000 square feet of commercial office space.  Plans also call for more than 36,000 square feet of street-level shops and restaurants, multiple paseos, a central green space and a transit plaza.

A new cache of renderings from the project's official website indicates some cosmetic changes to the proposed five- and six-story buildings, which are being designed by a team consisting of the Cuningham Group, Melendrez and Ehrlich Architects.

Construction of the project could commence before the end of this year, pending various approvals from both the City of Los Angeles and Culver City.

Ivy Station is one of numerous real estate developments spurred by Culver City's Expo Line station, including a mixed-use complex which would replace the Surfas Culinary District and an office building proposed further west on Washington Boulevard.