MODELO

COMMERCE, CA

A permeable, open-space-oriented 17.37 acre Planned Project that creates a 21st century urban village which provides services and amenities for residents of more than 800 units to live, work and play, and to create a unique destination for Greater Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles in particular to enjoy food, entertainment, retail and park/recreation offerings.  Cultural Memories of Southeast Los Angeles and Latino culture are vital to this project.  Located in the City of Commerce, directly adjacent to the 5-freeway at Slauson Ave., this is the model project for what is known by its slogan as “The Model City,” and thus this project is named: Modelo.

LOCATION

Commerce, CA

PROGRAM

Urban / Master Plan

SIZE

17.3 Acre

STATUS

In Development

DISTINCTIONS

Westside Urban Forum Design Award

CLIENT

Comstock Realty Partners

The Project involves reconstruction of Veterans Memorial Park and an adjacent vacant parcel into a mixed-use development, including public community uses, 825 residential units, and approximately 165,000 square feet of entertainment retail uses. Additionally, due to the previous use of the Project site as a landfill, the Project involves remediation to allow for safe implementation of the Project. The Project proposes to revitalize Veterans Memorial Park with new structures, a playground, a soccer and baseball youth sports complex, a library, a grass-stepped amphitheater, and additional outdoor green space.

The entertainment retail component of the Project would consist of two structures located along the north and east edges of the site. The uses proposed within the entertainment retail portion includes approximately 92,000 square feet for a movie theater, approximately 16,000 square feet for restaurant uses, approximately 20,000 square feet for an entertainment/arcade, approximately 15,000 square feet for a grocery store, and approximately 6,000 square feet for a pharmacy.

The new structures proposed as part of the new Veterans Memorial Park include a 30,000-square-foot Community Center, a 15,000-square-foot sports structure, and a 4.75-acre youth sports field complex and public open area (Sports Complex), located on the eastern portion of the Project site along the I-5 freeway. The Community Center would include community services, a library, a computer lab, a day-care center, a senior center, and meeting rooms. Additionally, the 15,000-square-foot sports structure would be two stories in height, including volleyball, basketball, and futsal soccer. The Sports Complex would be comprised of youth-sized soccer and baseball fields to accommodate local and regional league and tournament matches, an all-inclusive playground, and open green space. The green space would lead towards the grass-stepped amphitheater, which includes concrete bench steps. The Project also proposes an art component, including a 5,000-square-foot Latino Museum, and murals.

The 825 residential apartment units would be split into several Type 5a, 5b and 3b construction structures of varying heights on the western portion of the Project site. Townhomes would be constructed as Type 5a or 5b, varying from two to three stories in height, and would be no more than 35 feet in height to the roof parapet. A private pool for townhome owners would be located in close proximity to the proposed townhomes. Parking is proposed as a combination of in-unit grade-level garage and subterranean parking accessible from the structure beneath the for-rent apartment units. The apartment and townhouse for-rent units would vary from 35 feet to 65 feet in height to the roof parapet. Private access pools would be allocated to every two residential structures. Each structure would include its own event spaces, amenity rooms, package rooms, and bicycle storage areas. Direct, private access from subterranean parking to each residential building would be provided.

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