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Photos: The Gigantic Apartment Building That Will Replace The Culver Expo Line Parking Lot

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A few years from now, the land adjacent the Culver City Expo Line station currently used as day-parking for 500 cars will be transformed into the enormous and pristine development pictured above. The Ivy Complex, as it's called, is a much lauded mixed-use project that will conjure 200 residential units, a 148-room hotel, 210,000(!) square feet of commercial space, into a space that was previously just barren asphalt.

As Urbanize.LA points out, the Ivy complex will also include several several street-level shops, some restaurants and more than two acres of open space. The building is being designed by architects from the Cuningham Group, Melendrez and Ehrlich Architects, and was highly praised a couple weeks ago by the L.A. City Planning Commission. One even mentioned the building has "all the bells and whistles," according to Curbed LA.

From the perspective of encouraging urban vitality, parking lots are dead. Large empty spaces meant to store our unused machines do little to promote the sort of walkable culture that, in other places, usually thrives next to train stations. The Ivy Project, though, will still include roughly 300 parking spaces, presumably buried in an underground structure.

Incidentally, this isn't the only enormous in-the-works project proposed the recently completed Expo Line. Aside from a number of other buildings going up next to the Culver City Station, an huge development is planned to go up next to the Jefferson/La Cienega station. If realized, that plan would add more than 1200 units of housing—and a controversially tall 29-story tower—to the intersection of Jefferson and La Cienega Boulevards.

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Anyway, assuming nobody sues it, this is what the Ivy Complex will look like: