Monday, September 03 2012

Construction Underway for NMS@9901

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Developed by NMS Properties, the market rate project NMS @ 9901 will reserve 11 percent of the units for low- income residents, said Jim Andersen, president of the development firm. One, two and three bedroom units and lofts will range from 606-1,383 square feet, and a roof garden and community room will provide social spaces for the tenants. “We find the redevelopment program and streetscape emerging along Washington Boulevard in Culver City extremely attractive,” said Andersen, “and believe our project will further enhance the streetscape renaissance occurring there.”

Within walking distance of the new light rail station, shopping, dining and entertainment, the project, Andersen believes, will have great appeal to the employees of companies such as Sony and the Brotman Memorial Hospital, which are adjacent to the project. “In the pre-construction period, he related, “we studied the project’s sub-market area and concluded there was great demand for modern apartment homes with high-end finishes”. In addition, he noted, renters are going to find the building’s design unlike others in the area.

“The excitement of the building is reflected most predominantly in the balcony geometries,” said Wade Killefer, design principal of Killefer Flammang Architects. The balconies, which front the left and right sides of the structure, are clad by alternating metal panels– some solid, others perforated. A deeply recessed band accents the 5th and 6th story mezzanines and reinforces the building’s compelling image. To provide maximum natural light for the interiors, Killefer noted, a large landscaped tenant-oriented courtyard will separate the building into two distinct masses connected by walkways which overlook the open-air courtyard. A second courtyard is oriented to the street (Hughes Avenue). The stucco exterior will include metal panels and complement The Douglas theater coloration, the architect said. “Interestingly,” remarked Killefer, “the 39,000 square-foot site formerly was occupied by a movie theater with three levels of below-grade parking”. This parking area will serve the new building after it is seismically upgraded.

Developer Andersen said the 12,550 square-foot of retail area, distinguished by canopies in accent colors, will front the Washington Boulevard elevation. The project is planned for completion in spring of 2014.