Thursday, March 5, 2009

Downtown Airpark redevelopment facts

Now that the Downtown Airpark redevelopment is looking more solid, especially now that renderings have been released, I thought I would do a post running through the known facts about this project. Nothing is yet known about the exact starting time, although we know that the project will be coordinated with the opening of the new I-40, which makes sense--especially considering that right now Western Ave is all blocked off in the C2S area for building the new expressway.

The airpark redevelopment will be one of the projects that ensure the success of C2S by putting the area in context. "C" or the Core is definitely clear context; this will add to the "S" or Shore, which is far from being the most defined urban space. This gives definition to the area by putting something on the shore. Before we know it, we'll have gone from having a useless ditch surrounded by blight --> to having a vibrant, green riverfront lined with hotels, the Dell campus, this mixed-use project, the river-end of the new C2S park, 4 stunning contemporary boathouses, and the American Indian Cultural Center..and eventually the development of residential towers at the end of C2S. The change will be massive, like night and day. One huge accomplishment in the making of a world-class city.

The downtown airpark site is 86 acres, it will have about 1,000 residential units, a boardwalk, a "restaurant row", we know that the Santa Monica ferris wheel will go here, and will feature a pretty even mix of restaurant/retail/office/and residential space. Here are the renderings:


skye said...

Looks nice but it would be even better if it actually had some urban density to it.

Walker, Downtown Ranger said...

The project is dense at the street level. I wish Humphreys had provided better street-level renderings since that is what really counts. I don't think the density does a very good job of coming right up to the shore and helping to define the riverbank, but nonetheless the project is a good example of mixed-use planning.

They can't really connect it to an existing street grid or else it would have been a more urban project, probably. I might do a post sometime soon examining the urban planning of this project.