Former Teledyne plant on Culver Boulevard may become tech-friendly creative office space
By Gary Walker
Playa Vista may be ground zero for Silicon Beach, but the Culver Boulevard corridor east of the 90 Freeway is about to enter the burgeoning local tech industry landscape.
Where Teledyne Technologies once manufactured electro-mechanical sensors and transducers, a new creative office campus is planned.
The Alla Road Creative Campus would raise a cluster of three contemporary two-story buildings on the six-acre footprint of the recently demolished Teledyne plant at Culver and Alla.
In addition to 155,000 square feet of office space, plans for the campus include a one-acre outdoor courtyard and a parking garage for 600 vehicles.
Two El Segundo-based developers, Continental Development Corporation and Mar Ventures Inc., recently purchased the site for an undisclosed sum. Both companies were involved in building the Plaza El Segundo shopping center and the Elevon retail and office complex at Campus El Segundo.
Continental Development Corporation Director of Real Estate Bob Tarnofsky said the companies hope to attract lessees or buyers in the digital innovation sphere, such as game development, digital design and web content management companies.
“I believe that the project is designed to attract those kinds of users,” he said.
As if taking a page out of the Playa Vista playbook, Tarnofsky envisions the expansive courtyard of the Alla Road Creative Campus as a space where creative industry employees can work and collaborate under sunny skies.
“A lot of companies are providing that freedom and encouraging that type of creativity,” he said. “The outdoor courtyard will include recreational opportunities, as well as space to work and eat.”
Tarnofsky and his team are giving a public presentation on the project to the Del Rey Neighborhood Council on July 14. The former Teledyne site is currently undergoing a remediation process and the development permit process is pending.
Meanwhile, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce President Christina Davis said there is an increasing demand for the kind of less-confining, lower-density office space that Tarnofsky describes.
“The trend with creative companies seems to be moving away from high-rise buildings to buildings with a lot of open space and amenities for their workers,” Davis said. “We’re seeing companies looking for the type of worker who can work anywhere and can be flexible and creative.”
Local developer Thomas Safran, whose company built the 124-unit Del Rey Square senior affordable housing complex on Culver Boulevard, isn’t surprised to see creative office concepts expanding inland from the coast.
“There’s a strong demand for [creative space] as Silicon Beach expands on the Westside,” Safran said.
The July 14 meeting of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council begins at 7:15 p.m. and happens in the meeting room at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. Visit delreync.org for meeting agendas and minutes.