Crenshaw/Imperial Workshop 3
The third of four Community Workshops for the TOD Plan for the Crenshaw/Imperial area was held on June 29, 2017, at Bennett/Kew Elementary School. Approximately twenty residents of the local area joined City staff and the City’s consultant team.
Mindy Wilcox from the City of Inglewood introduced the consultant team, led by Larry Morrison of The Arroyo Group. Mr. Morrison was supported by Philip Burns, also of The Arroyo Group; Anton Anderson, of Productivity Consulting; Viggen Davidian, of Iteris; and Stanley Hoffman, of Stanley R. Hoffman Associates. The team presented TOD Plan concepts and development and design standards.
The major highlights of the TOD Plan included:
- Unifying the four corners of Crenshaw Boulevard and Imperial Highway into a cohesive district center with streetscapes, parking and walkways
- Enabling commercial property owners to provide housing on their properties, in exchange for providing publicly-accessible open space in the form of:
o A verdant ring with a decomposed granite jogging path
o Active corner plazas with outdoor dining
o Interior lawns or plazas with private and public amenities
- Incentivizing development along Imperial Highway west of Crenshaw Boulevard
- Buffering single-family and low-density neighborhoods from taller development
- Creating a Crenshaw Green Boulevard, with attractive and safe pedestrian and bicycle connections from the Metro station through the planning area
The consultant team predicted that making these changes to the planning area would result in expanded housing opportunities, greater open space, recreation and exercise, greater transit usage and a more attractive district.
Several members of the public present at the event commented that the team presented an attractive vision for the area. Others sought clarification about various topics, such as the impacts of open space on existing residential neighborhoods. Residents wanted to make sure that improvements to the public right-of-way would go ahead even if mixed-use development does not materialize. Some were concerned about traffic, particularly cut-through traffic.
Workshop Presentation – PDF
Workshop Notes – PDF