This project, proposed to run South on Sepulveda from Sawtelle to Slauson and Jefferson, has generated a great deal of controversy. The City has established an oversight committee known as the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and one of its members is our own CCNA Board member, Howard Lichtman, who is an architect and well qualified to comment on the project. On June 27th, the CAC held a meeting with Culver City residents. Bob Champion presented his latest project proposals, including renderings and daylight analysis studies.
Many citizens vocalized their discontent with the project, raising concerns over increased traffic, school population enrollment increases, need for additional city services, and the very real possibility that Culver City would lose its small town feel and the mom and pop type businesses that currently occupy that stretch.
By the end of the evening, the CAC recommended to the C.C. Redevelopment Agency that the Champion Development project be put on hold and that the City Planning Division needs to develop a Sepulveda Blvd. Corridor Specific Plan that will re-examine and re-zone this area to reduce the allowable building height and consider reducing the allowable units per acre. The current zoning allows for a 56 foot tall building with 65 residential units per acre. Obviously, much more to come on this issue.
Your CCNA Board has yet to take a stance on this issue as we are waiting to see what concrete proposals will be offered before weighing in. If you have any thoughts, we’d love to have you express them directly to us
Congratulations to Howard Lichtman, a Culver Crest Neighborhood Association Board Member, for being appointed to the Sepulveda Redevelopment Citizens Advisory Committee. This is a group of 9 residents and business people who are assigned to review the Champion Realty’s proposal to develop the west side of Sepulveda Boulevard between Sawtelle Boulevard and Slauson Avenue. They will report their findings and make recommendations to the Culver City Redevelopment Agency. Howard, who is an architect and well qualified to provide valuable input to the Committee, will represent Culver Crest and the Blanco Park neighborhoods.