About

The Team

Watt Companies

Crenshaw Crossing’s development team is led by Watt Companies.

The Watt Companies is a 70-year-old real estate development company based in Los Angeles. Watt is dedicated to and focused on long-term investment in Los Angeles, continuing its tradition as a developer of over 100,000 homes, master planned communities, shopping centers, office buildings, and hotels in the region.

Watt has built enduring projects that are integral to the future of the neighborhoods they serve. The company’s thorough and collaborative approach is embedded in its reputation and has helped it garner broad support and approvals for its projects across the city.

West Angeles Community Development Corp.

West Angeles CDC was founded in early 1994 as an outreach program of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, then a 15,000-member congregation in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles.

Dr. Lula Ballton and Bishop Charles E. Blake, together with Trustees of West Angeles Church, founded the CDC to expand the compassionate outreach and neighborhood development ministries of the church in the face of mounting problems of poverty and injustice in the surrounding community.

Together, Our Team Brings

Creativity,

Sensitivity,

Experience,

and Enthusiasm.

CRCD/WorkSource Center

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, operated by the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), is located on the Los Angeles Trade-Tech College campus in Redwood Hall. CRCD has a proven track record when it comes to local hire efforts in South Los Angeles, as well as directing applicants to the appropriate resources available to get proper certifications to qualify for these jobs. To date, CRCD has successfully trained and helped place thousands on career paths to earn family-sustaining wages.

Learn more about Local Hire career opportunities at the Crenshaw Crossing project.

Belzberg Architects

Belzberg Architects has a reputation for visionary design grounded in pragmatism. Their clients go to them for both fresh design-thinking and practical construction solutions. Their approach is holistic; they dissect critical issues in conjunction with the realities of building, often leading them to explore unconventional methodologies. This ethos has resulted in a diverse portfolio of award-winning, built work in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

SVA Architects

Since 2003, SVA Architects’ innovative architectural design and planning services have delivered esteemed projects to public and private clients in California and throughout the western United States. Our work has included prominent civic, cultural, educational, mixed-use, residential, military, and commercial projects.

Under the leadership of Robert Simons, AIA and Ernesto Vasquez, FAIA, the SVA team is committed to providing creative and sustainable design solutions that endure.

RELM

RELM is a landscape architecture and urban design practice honing the past 30 years of practice into a new studio dedicated to urbanism, connectivity, and design. RELM’s ethos is simple–capture the wonder in between. In sequence, their landscapes engender a more urban LA and beyond, be it along the street, or within a plaza, urban park or campus. RELM’s projects cultivate community, resolve incongruent uses and access, and drive public life.

Metro’s Joint Development Program

Metro’s Joint Development Program is a real-estate development program through which the transit agency collaborates with local developers to build transit-oriented communities on Metro-owned properties as well as those owned by other public agencies. These sites are a gateway to the Metro transit system and hold unique potential to advance community development goals while attracting new riders to the Metro system.

Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce

The Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce is committed to the development of the Crenshaw Corridor as a matrix for commerce and culture that attracts economic investment, tourism, and fosters community pride. The Chamber creates a mechanism to increase economic development for new and small businesses.

We believe that a partnership with the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce is critical in generating the vibrant and diversified mix of uses we believe is required to make the project a successful one. The proposed development program anticipates a mix of community-serving commercial uses and we are excited to work with the Chamber to connect with the community and understand how best to meet its objectives.