Eight-foot-tall construction barricades are going up, and the former helicopter factory is being demolished at the site of Marina Place, a regional shopping mall planned on Washington Boulevard, just east of Lincoln Boulevard.
The demolition is proceeding despite lawsuits aimed at blocking the project at the western tip of Culver City. The city of Los Angeles and the Venice Town Council last week appealed a judge's ruling in October that Culver City had complied with the California Environmental Quality Act in approving the $160-million mall.
Los Angeles and the Venice community group say Culver City did not adequately consider the mall's impact on traffic and air quality, particularly in the Los Angeles neighborhoods that are on three sides of the development.
A second lawsuit, by the Coastal Area Support Team, says the 1-million-square-foot mall will restrict access to the coast. The COAST board and the developers plan to meet in January.