Thank you for your help, but we aren't done yet!

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January 07

I am honored to have had the opportunity to share our new project renderings last night with the community, local businesses, RailLA, and the LA County Bike Coalition. Our vision will bring a state of the art transit oriented development right across the street from the Olympic and Bundy Expo station!

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I want to thank everyone who has voiced their support, provided input, and helped our vision get to this point. I want to especially thank RailLA and the LA County Bike Coalition for their support and involvement last night. 

      

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As we prepare for the next steps in the LA City approval process, we look forward to continuing our work with our community to bring an amazing transit oriented development to West LA.

 

 

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The Community Spoke, We Listened

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December 18

After nearly 4 years of rigorous work, and with the help and input of our community, we are pleased to announce the newly revamped Martin Expo Town Center.

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We want to thank our community for all of the input, which has gotten us to this next step in the LA City Planning approval process. From the start, Martin Expo Town Center has taken our community's goals, needs and input into account to envision a project that will benefit and serve the community. Over the last several months, since the Environmental Impact Report comment period closed, we have carefully considered comments provided in the Environmental Review Process to help create a project we can all be proud of.

We are thrilled to unveil these new Martin Expo Town Center details and continue our work with the community and City as we move forward.  

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What's next for Martin Expo Town Center

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May 18

Over the last three years we have been working closely with you, the community, to create a vibrant, new place that West LA can be proud of.  We are still in the Environmental Review phase but we are closer than ever in making Martin Expo Town Center a reality.
 

Check out the updated project timeline below to see where we’ve been and what’s next.  

 
We are currently reviewing and responding to all comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and we are expecting to release the Final EIR later this year.
 
Throughout this process, our goals have remained the same - to bring a well-designed, transit-oriented, mixed-use development to Olympic & Bundy in West LA that provides convenient neighborhood dining and retail options. We appreciate your support and as a long time member of this neighborhood, we highly value your input and feedback. 

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METC in the News

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March 30

 

Over the last couple of months we have been working closely with the City to wrap up the public comment period, which concluded January 30th. We are now focusing our efforts to respond to any and all concerns raised through the comment period and are planning to release the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) later this spring.

In the meantime, Westside Today and Palisades News released articles about Martin Expo Town Center that touch on our vision for this project and provide an update on the City's review process. Jeff Hall, editor of Brentwood News, also posted an opinion piece to Westside Today that asks for the City, community, and us (the Martin family), to work together to create a win-win for all involved. You can read all three articles below. 

As we continue to work with the the community and the City, we will keep you updated here on project milestones. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to introduce yourself, don't hesitate to contact me by emailing danmartin@martinexpotowncenter.com

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Project Update: Martin Expo Town Center Draft EIR Published

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December 01

We are proud to announce that the Martin Expo Town Center Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been published.  You can read the full report at:

http://cityplanning.lacity.org/eir/MartinExpoTownCenter/DEIR

Since the Spring of 2012, when we first met with community stakeholders to develop an initial concept for Martin Expo Town Center, our goals have remained the same – to bring a well designed, transit-oriented, mixed-use development to Olympic and Bundy that the West LA community is proud of.

The publication of the Draft EIR marks an important milestone as we continue through the City’s environmental review process and we appreciate the input received from members of the community thus far, and look forward to continuing the dialogue. 

Members of the community can submit comments on the Draft EIR through January 15, 2015 (UPDATE: comment period has been extended through January 30th, 2015) by sending them to:

Sergio Ibarra, Environmental Analysis Section 
Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Email: sergio.ibarra@lacity.org

Over the next several weeks we will be meeting with various community groups and stakeholders to review the DEIR and discuss our vision for Martin Expo Town Center. If you would like to request a presentation, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing info@martinexpotowncenter.com

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Expo Line Construction: Full Steam Ahead

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October 31

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We are excited to announce that phase 2 of the Expo Line construction is currently ahead of schedule. As of this fall, all rail crossings within the City of Los Angeles have been completed and the final two crossings in Santa Monica are now underway!

As neighbors to the future Expo/Bundy station, we have a first hand view of the progress as the station takes form. We have seen the bridge and station platform go in as well as the elevator platforms and canopy poles that will hold the overhead awnings. As of this fall, all of the station platforms have been built with the exception of the Downtown Santa Monica station, which is currently under construction.

According to the Exposition Construction Authority, they are expecting to begin testing trains by early next year once the Traction Power Substations have been installed in coordination with Metro.  

When phase 2 of the Expo Line is complete, riders will be able to get from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica in approximately 46 minutes, regardless of traffic. As we have heard from many members of our community, they are looking for easier access to retail and restaurant options.  In addition to Martin Expo Town Center, the Expo Line will provide easy access to points of interest like the 3rd Street Promenade, Downtown Culver City and Union Station. Needless to say, people who work along the Expo Line route, including those who work in the several office buildings adjacent to the Expo/Bundy station, will have an alternative option to get to work each morning, other than their cars.  

The coming Expo Line is sure to change the transportation network on the Westside and I know many of us in West LA are looking forward to the connectivity and ease of access to Santa Monica and other parts of Los Angeles. 

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Where We've Been & Where We're Going

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April 30

Martin Expo Town Center has come a long way since we first started in Spring of 2012. Since then we have been working closely with the community to address its needs and concerns as we developed our plans. The City is currently undergoing preparation and review of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This is an important milestone for the project. We expect the City to release the Draft EIR for public review and comment by the community sometime this fall. 

Check out the timeline below to see where we’ve been and where we’re going.  

Throughout this process, our goals have remained the same - to bring a well-designed, transit-oriented, mixed-use development to Olympic & Bundy in West LA that provides convenient neighborhood dining and retail options. We appreciate your support and as a long time member of this neighborhood, we highly value your input and feedback.

Stay tuned! Be sure to subscribe to our blog, if you haven't already, to stay informed of when the Draft EIR becomes available for public review and the ways you can submit comments. 

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Living & Working in the Same Neighborhood with TOD

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March 19

In the first two installments of the three-part video series on transit-oriented development, we have explored the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit, as well as the need for more neighborhood-serving retail.

In our final video, we discuss what it could be like to live and work in the same neighborhood. This shift could help eliminate long commutes, create a better sense of community, all while reducing dependency on our cars. For this shift to take place in West LA, we need to build a neighborhood that has both office space and residential with surrounding amenities to support it. 

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TOD & Neighborhood-Serving Retail

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February 20

In the first installment of our three-part video series on transit-oriented development (TOD), we explored the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit. However, TOD means more than getting people out of their cars.

In the second video, we discuss the need for more neighborhood-serving retail and the types of retail local residents would like to see in West LA. Having more stores and eateries that nearby residents and office workers can easily walk to will help reduce automobile dependency and enhance the community.

To contribute ideas on the kind of retail you would like to see along Olympic and Bundy, visit our Popularise profile: http://bit.ly/1jhuO8l

Stay tuned for the final video that will discuss the need for a community that promotes living and working in the same neighborhood. 

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What is Transit-Oriented Development?

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January 29

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a concept that has been a hot topic the last few years in the world of development and land-use, and more specifically on the Westside as it relates to the Expo Line. However, TOD is a term that many people don't fully understand.  

So, what is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)? TOD is an area that builds a community and brings together retail, residences, offices and multiple transit options. But even simpler, it is a place where you can eat, shop, live, work, walk, bike, and ride transit. 

I wanted to give this concept some life with real examples, so rather than a lengthy blog post, I've asked a few West LA locals to join me in a three-part video series and boil down TOD to a meaning that we can all relate to.

In the first video, we explore the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit. (Watch it below.)

 

Stay tuned for the next two videos that will discuss the need for more neighborhood-serving retail and the kind of community that can be built around people who live and work in the same neighborhood.

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