Culver Steps project to include ‘new’ downtown plaza

Ground was officially broken on The Culver Steps Nov. 8, with City Council officials, city staff, and representatives from Hackman Capital Partners taking part in the ceremony.


The Culver Steps will be a 1.16-acre mixed-use development adjacent to The Culver Studios and The Culver Hotel, downtown.


According to a press release, The Culver Steps has been designed by award-winning local firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney (EYRC) Architects, and the four-story development will consist of approximately 75,000 square feet of cutting-edge creative office space and 40,000 square feet of vibrant retail and restaurant space, and a 35,000 square-foot public plaza destined to become the new central gathering place in Downtown Culver City.


“This is a meaningful occasion both for us and the city,” said Michael Hackman, founder and CEO of Hackman Capital Partners. “It’s an exciting and fitting achievement that in the year we celebrate Culver City’s Centennial, we also embark on its future. Today, we’re breaking ground on The Culver Steps – beginning, together, what will become a vital and treasured landmark in the heart of the city.”


Members of the City Council, including Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, Vice Mayor Thomas Small, and Council Members Jim Clarke and Goran Eriksson, were present and took part in the actual breaking of ground.


“When complete, The Culver Steps will be the crowning achievement of our Downtown,” said Cooper. “With the recent announcement of Amazon Studios’ relocation to adjacent Culver Studios, coupled with the energy that already exists in the area with the nearby movie theaters, Kirk Douglas Theater, restaurants and Culver Hotel, this project with its expansive public open space is certain to function as the heart of Downtown Culver City and create a welcoming environment for all to enjoy.”


Construction is underway and is expected to take 18 months to complete, with the Culver Steps projected to open in 2019.