Monday, December 9, 2013

Here's What a Palms Station TOD Might Look Like

As the Expo Line marches west to Santa Monica, so do the opportunities for transit oriented developments surrounding its stations.  The under-construction Palms Station already sits within one of LA's most densely populated neighborhoods, but that hasn't stopped the folks over at Los Angeles Transit Neighborhood Plan from drawing up a conceptual design for an adjacent mixed-use TOD.  In LATNP's vision, the strip mall located on National Boulevard just north of the 10 freeway would be demolished to make way for apartments above a pedestrian friendly retail complex.  Two residential buildings would front National, with small scale commercial establishments lining their ground floors.  The southernmost segment of the parcel would feature a supermarket below an above-grade parking garage, creating a buffer between the residential buildings and the adjacent freeway.  New structures would range from three to seven stories in height, staying in scale with the neighborhood's existing multi-family buildings.  Of course, I can't emphasize enough that this is nothing more than a hypothetical vision.  Still, the strip mall occupies valuable real estate, and probably represents the only chance for a large scale TOD near Palms Station.  Some non-fantasy developments in the neighborhood include the proposed Hughes Apartments, the under-construction Motor Avenue Apartments, and the super fugly Palms Point mixed-user.

No comments:

Post a Comment