During the planning for the original Metro Rail alignment along Wilshire Boulevard, M&AA was asked by an owner of property immediately east of the proposed Wilshire/Crenshaw Station to review the impact of the proposed station on that property and the development potential of the immediate neighborhood.
A development moratorium had been imposed on the two-block area encompassing the station portal for the purpose of studying mitigation measures proposed by the Department of City Planning in response to local citizens concerns. During this period M&AA developed its study.
As a first step, a series of meetings were held with the Southern California Regional Transit District (SCRTD), the local Councilman’s office, and the Department of City Planning, to review the status of the public planning for this station, as well as the public and private sector goals and plans for the station and surrounding neighborhood. Next, three alternative development concepts for the station and surrounding blocks were developed and evaluated. From these studies a recommended concept was developed.
The key elements of the finalized concept were:
- Realignment of Crenshaw Boulevard to form a right angle intersection with Wilshire Boulevard;
- Enlargement of the portal site to allow for joint development in addition to the portal and a bus layover station;
- Provision for an additional portal tied to new development east of Crenshaw Boulevard.
The study succeeded in justifying, and obtaining approval of, a higher intensity of development than previously allowed under the existing Specific Plan for the owner’s site. While satisfying the owner’s goals, the finalized plan also furthered SCRTD’s goal of maximizing joint development at station sites and resolved a nagging traffic problem along Wilshire Boulevard.