Council approves 2015 Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program

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The City Council approved 16 grants for the 2015 Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program.  The program, which is also supported by Sony Pictures Entertainment, provides music, dance and theatre performances throughout the year.

Grantees for the 2015 Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program include: The Actors’ Gang, Benita Bike’s DanceArt, Culver City Chamber Orchestra, Culver City Public Theatre, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Jazz Bakery, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Lineage Dance Company, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, No Limits Theatre Group, Overtone Industries, Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound, Vox Femina Los Angeles, and We Tell Stories.

More information will posted throughout the year at http://www.culvercity.org/Culture.aspx.

Lowe Enterprises Transit Oriented Mixed Used Development Project update

The City’s Project Review Committee, comprised of representatives from all City departments, reviewed the Preliminary Project Plans for the Lowe Enterprises Transit Oriented Mixed Used Development Project at the Culver City Expo Light Rail Line Station at Washington and National Boulevards.

The proposed project is comprised of approximately 200,000 square feet of office area, a 148-room hotel, a 200 unit residential complex, a retail and restaurant commercial area of approximately 50,000 square feet. The project will provide more than 1,600 parking spaces in two levels of subterranean parking including 300 parking spaces for the Expo Line.

Significant amounts of open space will be part of the project including a transit plaza, outdoor dining areas, and a 1/3-acre public open space area. The project will also include new streetscape improvements along Washington, National and Venice Boulevards to include new street trees, landscaping, lighting, and street furniture.

The purpose of this preliminary review is for the City to provide the developer with initial comments and feedback on the design and development of the project. As the developer further refines the plans and prepares all required environmental studies there will be additional City review as well as public community meetings scheduled and ultimately public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council prior to the project being approved.

Business Improvement District

On Dec. 8, the City Council adopted a resolution confirming the Business Improvement District Advisory Board’s Annual Report and the levy of the Downtown Culver City Business Improvement District Assessment for 2015. The City Council also appointed members to the Business Improvement District Advisory Board, as recommended by the Downtown Business Association.

Council approves 2015 Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program