FAQ

Crenshaw Crossing

What is the Crenshaw Crossing project?

Crenshaw Crossing will include: 

  • 401 residential units, 81 of which will be set aside as affordable housing at a range of affordability levels.
  • Approximately 40,000 sf of community-serving retail space, including a full-service grocery store
  • Approximately 2,500 sf Community Space available for use by neighborhood organizations
  • Approximately 34,000 sf of inviting Open Space for community residents to sit and relax
  • Bike storage and lockers and bike-sharing system
  • Access to the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line from the eastern site
  • Local Hire opportunities for South Los Angeles residents

What Has Been The Community Outreach To Date?

Both Watt and West Angeles CDC are longtime community stakeholders in the Crenshaw District that know it is imperative to reach out the community as the process moves along. Over the last several years, the Development Team has hosted a number of community meetings, roundtables, coffee klatches and a local hire listening session to solicit the input of thousands of stakeholder representatives from homeowners’ associations, block clubs, business groups, faith-based organizations and other community organizations. Based on that constructive feedback, the project has been revised by including a larger percentage of affordable housing units, the retail businesses include a variety of food options, and that area residents have an opportunity to work on the project’s construction.

Visit the Community Feedback page to learn how your feedback has helped shape the project!

How much affordable housing will the project site have?

To help alleviate the city’s ongoing housing shortage, Crenshaw Crossing includes a diverse mix of both market-rate and affordable housing units in a variety of sizes and configurations. At least 15% of the project will be set aside as affordable housing for “very low income” residents (50% AMI). An additional 5% of the units will be designated as affordable housing for low-income residents whose income ranges between 30-80% AMI. These affordable units will be dispersed throughout the project site, in line with the community’s diverse cultural values, traditions and lifestyles.

What does AMI mean?

Every year the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines eligibility for affordable housing based on the Average Median Income (AMI) in the County. In 2019 the AMI in Los Angeles County was estimated at $70,950/year.

At least 15% of the units at Crenshaw Crossing will be set aside for Very Low-Income residents (50% AMI). This means a family of four earning $52,200 a year would potentially qualify for an affordable housing unit set aside for Very Low-Income housing.

How do I sign up for one of the affordable housing units?

While local regulations prohibit the ability to guarantee a unit to a specific tenant, we will be generating an interest list to inform community members of any upcoming application opportunities.

Connect with Us to sign-up for updates!

What commercial tenants will be at the project?

We understand the importance of providing a retail program that is responsive to the community’s needs and desires. Our outreach and feedback have indicated a lack of fresh food options and other services in the local area. Over the past year, we have met with various grocery retailers, restaurant owners, and operators of smaller food concepts, including coffee shops and bakeries. Hearing the community’s desire for a full-service market, we have set aside approximately 22,000 square feet of commercial space to accommodate a grocery store.

We are also exploring opportunities to include local businesses and restaurants at the site, specifically legacy businesses from the South Los Angeles community.

We anticipate making some very exciting announcements about our commercial tenants in the near future!

Will there be open space for community events?

Yes! When designing the project we wanted to follow the community’s direction and ensure a quality pedestrian experience, for residents and community members alike, with paths through the project site that connect to not only the adjacent rail lines but also the surrounding neighborhood.

The Crenshaw Crossing project will include approximately 2,500 sf of community spaces, as well as approximately 34,000 sf of public open space that will be thoughtfully designed to include seating areas, lush greenery, and public art for community members to enjoy.

How will the Crenshaw Crossing project interface with the light rail station?

The terminus of the of Crenshaw/LAX line is currently being built underground at the corner of Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards, with the new light rail line running south to Inglewood and LAX expected to open in 2020. The Crenshaw Crossing project is proposed on the southeast and southwest corner parcels, with a portal to the Metro station on the east side of the project.

Where will people park, my neighborhood is already overcrowded!

Crenshaw Crossing includes an on-site parking garage with adequate parking consistent with code requirements for both residential and commercial uses, which translates into approximately 502 parking spaces.

Future residents who intend to take full advantage of the public transit available at their doorstep and live a car-free lifestyle may “de-couple” parking from their rent, thereby providing additional parking for other families who may need more than one parking space.

Will there be local hire opportunities available?

Yes! Watt is proud to partner with the Vernon-Central LATTC WorkSource Center and Coalition for Responsible Community Development to prepare the community for the incoming jobs. Please visit our Local Hire page fore more details, or visit our Connect With Us page for more information!

What is the timeline for the project? How long will it take to construct?

The project must gain multiple approvals before breaking ground. After the project application is submitted to the City Department of Planning this fall, we anticipate the entitlement process will take approximately 12-14 months to complete as a comprehensive environmental review that analyzes project-related impacts will be required. During the environmental review period, the project team will continue to engage with the community, hosting meetings, making presentations, and getting feedback from the neighborhood. Construction of the project will likely take 24+ months.