The Culver City Redevelopment Agency voted to accept an architect's plan for renovating and restoring the Ivy Substation and Media Park for recreational use.
The former Red Car trolley line substation and the park, at the intersection of Culver and Venice boulevards, are just outside the city's boundary in Los Angeles and are owned by the city of Los Angeles. But because they are close to Culver City's downtown area and had fallen into disrepair, the Culver City Redevelopment Agency leased them from Los Angeles in 1987 under a 40-year agreement.
Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson's design plans for the 3,500-square-foot substation include a large indoor multipurpose area for community groups, restrooms, storage facilities and offices or exhibit spaces, according to a staff report. The park would have new drinking fountains and a gazebo.
Culver City will pay for the renovation, which is expected to cost $1.77 million. The plans have been submitted to Los Angeles for its formal consent. Once that is received, the Culver City Redevelopment Agency will solicit bids for the renovation. Construction could start in early 1991, according to agency staff.