Work has begun on a $30-million apartment and retail complex in Palms near a planned station for the Expo Line, which will connect downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica.
Frost/Chaddock Developers of Los Angeles is building the five-story complex at 3425 Motor Ave., about a quarter of a mile from a light rail station at Motor and National Boulevard that is scheduled to open in 2016.
The 115-unit project is to house studio and one-bedroom apartments intended to appeal to young professionals.
“We believe the project will encourage pedestrian activity along Motor Avenue,” said James Frost, a principal at Frost/Chaddock.
As designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, the street-level entrance will be flanked by shops or restaurants and lead to an interior courtyard. The complex also will have a rooftop garden for tenants and underground parking.
The project is to be finished by May 2014.
Palms is near Culver City — where Expo Line service from downtown L.A. currently ends — and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The first Palms train station opened in 1875 and closed in 1953. The old depot was moved to Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights, where it is preserved.