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This afternoon, Councilman Andrew Weissman shared with me his comments from last night about his selection of Combined Properties as developer for Parcel B in downtown Culver City:
"Thank you to the four developers for participating in this exciting process.
"Thank you to those in the community who took the time to participate in the public input aspect of this process.
"We have worked hard to encourage and promote public participation, and by viewing the proposals, attending the public sessions, commenting personally or by letter or email, each of you has had a role in the ultimate outcome.
"Each of us has our own opinion on what a development for Parcel B should be. I will share mine:
"As someone who has been in downtown since the 1950’s, having witnessed the changes that have taken place, re-aligning streets, widening sidewalks, building parking structures, creating a Town Plaza, transforming downtown from what was once considered quaint and charming, often in disparaging tones, into a revitalized and bustling destination, I am excited at the prospect of putting the capstone on downtown with the development of Parcel B.
"For me, it is the Combined proposal that will enable Parcel B to achieve its long awaited potential.
"Through its outward-oriented design, it recognizes the importance and meaningfulness of Parcel B and its surroundings. With its unique design, it will create the potential for new active community gathering space, a design that extends our existing public space and incorporates it into new public space.
"It is a development that will build upon the existing vibrancy in downtown, while at the same time both preserving and enhancing the visual and pedestrian connection between Parcel B and the Culver Studios, the Culver Hotel, Main Street and Town Plaza.
"Given the development criteria, the economic analysis, and the design elements, given what currently exists in downtown and what I believe this community is looking forward to and will welcome, I am prepared to move forward to an agreement with Combined."