Summary: The City of Culver City will implement a permanent Public Art Program for the Washington/National TOD (Transit Oriented Development) District. The Washington National TOD Gateway Public Art Program will inspire artists in the creation of world-class, aesthetically rigorous artwork(s) that respond to the natural, cultural, and infrastructural resources present at the site.

Description: Formerly the site of the Hal Roach Studios, the Washington National TOD gateway has continued to be a site of artistic and entrepreneurial activity. This Public Art Program will offer artists the opportunity to aesthetically respond to the past, present, and future of this unique cultural site.

Over the last decade, the City has engaged in long-term planning for repurposing and redeveloping former industrial land around the Culver City Metro Expo Line Station. The City and the former Culver City Redevelopment Agency identified and assembled land for potential redevelopment sites, rezoned the land to accommodate transit-oriented development uses, and implemented a TOD District Streetscape Plan to improve walkability, biking and promote sustainable development.

The TOD District comprises about 51 acres, with approximately one million sq. ft. of development. It sits strategically between Culver City’s downtown, the Helms Bakery/Arts District, and is adjacent to the Hayden Tract creative office/tech neighborhood. The City is now focusing on first and last-mile travel beyond the TOD District. HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes and micro transit are some of the ideas being explored to more fully realize the promise of transit-oriented development, bringing housing, shopping and employment together around convenient mass transit to improve regional air quality and mobility.

Public art will be a visible part of this project as a means by which artists respond to and propose alternate modes of organization within the built environment.

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