Crenshaw Crossing to receive $50 million for mixed-use development

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Rendering of the mixed-income and mixed-use Crenshaw Crossing development at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and W. Exposition Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA. Image courtesy SVA Architects, Inc.

California Construction News staff writer

SVA Architects has joined the development team for Crenshaw Crossing, a mixed-use and mixed-income project that was recently award of $49.9 million in California state funding.

Crenshaw Crossing will be located on land owned by Los Angeles Metro and Los Angeles County adjacent to the Expo/Crenshaw Station of the LA Metro light rail. Developed by Watt Companies, West Angeles Community Development Corp., and The Richman Group, the project is one of numerous affordable developments in SVA’s portfolio which seeks to create thriving communities.

Constructed as a pair of eight-story buildings on both sides of Crenshaw Boulevard, the project “aims to enliven and activate the region” with 401 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments.

The ground floors will include 40,000 sq. ft. of commercial and community space (22,000 sq. ft. of which is designated for a grocery store), and 502 parking spaces. Additional features include a fitness center and outdoor recreation spaces, pedestrian promenade, a plaza, and 10 miles of new bike lanes.  SVA Architects and Belzberg Architects are leading the design, with RELM as the landscape architect.  The project is anticipated to break ground in 2024, and it will take approximately two years to build.

Funding is part of a $757 million award announced by the California Strategic Growth Council, funded through its Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program.

“Congratulations to Watt Companies, West Angeles CDC, and The Richman Group in successfully securing funding to increase the affordable housing ratio in Crenshaw Crossing,” SVA Architects CEO Ernesto M. Vasquez said in a statement.

“The development will preserve the neighborhood’s existing culture and address the housing needs of Los Angeles’ essential workers.”

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