Death Star 7-Eleven is Coming to Culver City

This Monday, the Culver City Council voted 4-to-1 to reject an appeal that would have prevented the building of a 7-Eleven convenience store at Sepulveda and Braddock. This wasn't much of a surprise, although no one can say that they didn't give the appeal due process: the meeting lasted until about 1:00 AM. 

What was more of a surprise was that somewhere along the line, the Culver City Planning Commission decided that a traditionally designed 7-Eleven wouldn't do, so what we're going to get is something approximating the Death Star-ish design shown here. Interesting.

Here's how the agenda document described how we got here: "The Planning Commission determined that it was necessary to avoid the standard company store design and encouraged the Project architect to produce a more modern architectural style, unique to the 7-Eleven franchise and the neighborhood. The building facade incorporates varied building materials including an aluminum screen mesh that accentuates the building form."

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Comment by Jen Arrow on September 14, 2012 at 7:35am

I, for one, welcome our new metal bug overlords. No, seriously, I love that the planning commission is deciding things with an eye to style. Better-looking buildings can only enrich our city and promote it further as a destination for investors and as a pleasant home for residents.

Comment by Scupine on September 13, 2012 at 12:13pm

I'm glad to hear to you say that, Chris. I'm all for unique design, but from the drawing and the scale we're talking about, i was kind of worrying that it would end up looking a little metal bug.

Comment by Chris Manning on September 13, 2012 at 11:43am

As much as I don't like the idea of another 7-11 in Culver City, from what I read, a fast food spot, a bank, or another gas station were the only other options for this land. And at least this won't be just another generic-looking 7-11. I appreciate the fact that the Planning Commission requested a unique design.

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