In 2014, The City of Culver City launched the “Reimagine Fox Hills” program to revitalize commercial property in Fox Hills. The revitalization could include the creation of a “Main Street” along Bristol Parkway with retail and restaurant uses, expanded creative office campuses, structured parking and walkable/bike-able streets.
The City hosted several public outreach meetings with area residents and businesses to discuss revitalizing Bristol Parkway and developing a master plan for the area. The study area focuses on commercial property in Fox Hills, which is bounded by Slauson Avenue to the North, the 405 freeway to the West, Centinela Avenue to the South and the City of Los Angeles to the East.
In preparation for this effort, the City utilized its grant from the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) to hold
two "community conversations" with a specific focus on Fox Hills.
The project was part of NICD’s Revive Civility and Respect Cities initiative, which seeks to improve the engagement between citizens and elected officials, and to use civil discourse to address community issues. Culver City was selected to participate in this effort as one of just five municipalities from around the country based on the City’s commitment to changing the way it interacts with residents.
Urban Land Institute Partnership
The City also engaged Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles (ULI) to undertake a technical assistance panel (TAP) that could help inform the Master Plan Request for Proposal (RFP). Goals of the TAP were to:
- Provide a new development framework in sync with Culver City’s emerging economy
- Identify market feasibility for redevelopment potential
- Respond to stakeholder input and develop a vision for the commercial area
ULI presented their conceptual ideas to the area residents and businesses in March 2019 and completed a final report of their findings and recommendations in June 2019.
The next step in this process will involve the Economic Development Division drafting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify a consultant who can prepare a Master Plan for commercial property in the Fox Hills area. Staff hopes to present the draft RFP to the City Council in Fall 2019 for review and discussion.