In January 2014, Metro broke ground on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project , an 8.5-mile, eight-station light rail transit line running from the Metro Exposition Line at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards to the Metro Green Line at the Aviation/LAX Station. The Crenshaw/LAX Line will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo, and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. In addition to providing significant regional environmental benefits and supporting economic and employment growth, the project presents new opportunities for Joint Development that merge transit and neighborhood development to promote Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) along the corridor.
In anticipation of the planned completion of the Crenshaw/LAX Line in 2020, Metro prepared a Joint Development Strategic Plan to guide implementation of TOC activities. The Strategic Plan sought to:
- Identify potential Opportunity and Exploratory Sites
- Identify strategic public sector partnerships
- Outline a robust community engagement process
- Define a timeline for implementation
Expo/Crenshaw Station Opportunity Site
Metro, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, is pursuing joint development of publicly-owned land at the Expo/Crenshaw Station along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit:
- Site Map
- Satellite Map
- Expo/Crenshaw Development Guidelines
Parcel 1 –
Southeast corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Exposition Blvd.
- Acres: 1.77
- Jurisdiction: City of Los Angeles
- Owner: Metro
- Current Use: Station Construction
– Southwest corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Exposition Blvd.
- Acres: 1.66
- Location: 3606 W. Exposition Blvd.
- Jurisdiction: City of Los Angeles
- Owner: County of Los Angeles
- Current Use: Los Angeles County Department of Probation
An additional Opportunity Site has been identified in close proximity to the under-construction Fairview Heights Station, located midway along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. More information on the Fairview Heights Station Opportunity Site may be found on the project webpage .
Developer Selection and Project Proposal
Following a competitive solicitation process, the Metro Board of Directors and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved entering into a Short Term Exclusive Negotiation Agreement and Planning Document (ENA) in late 2017/early 2018 with Watt Companies for joint development of Metro and County-owned parcels at the Expo/Crenshaw Station. The Short Term ENA provided an interim period before executing a long term ENA so that the community could provide input on the proposed project and the Developer could identify a community-based organization to partner with on the development of the project. In the spring of 2018, Watt Companies entered into an agreement with West Angeles Community Development Corporation to partner in the execution and operation of the project, and also held community meetings to solicit input on the proposed project. The proposed project will include approximately 400 residential units (15% of which will be restricted to households earning 30% or less of area median income, and 5% of the total units restricted to households earning 30-80% of area median income) and 40,000 square feet of commercial and community space. Additional information on the proposed project can be found here .
At their September 2018 Board meetings, the Metro Board of Directors and County Board of Supervisors approved entering into a long term ENA with Watt Companies. Information on the Metro Board action can be found in the meeting recap here , and the County Board decision here . During the long term ENA, Watt Companies will advance project design, pursue project approvals from the City of Los Angeles, continue community engagement, and negotiate the financial terms of the project with both Metro and the County of Los Angeles.