Related California has started construction on a $350m mixed-use and mixed-income development in Santa Monica, California, US.
The residential development called The Village at Santa Monica comprises a mix of 318 luxury condominiums and affordable rental apartments, 20,000ft² of retail and restaurants as well as plazas and gardens.
Charles Pankow Builders will act as the general contractor for the development.
Related California president and CEO Bill Witte said: "Our intent was to create the ultimate Santa Monica Village."
Leading Related’s team of designers, US-based architects Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY) designed the master plan, the exterior architecture of the condominium buildings and the development’s public spaces.
MRY created a pedestrianised street as a central spine through the site, providing pedestrians with a connection from Main Street to Ocean Avenue through landscaped plazas lined with shops, restaurants and outdoor dining.
The plan also includes the creation of a floating glass sky bridge over the entrance to the walk street to welcome residents and guests into The Village.
Koning Eizenberg Architecture is the architect for the 160 affordable apartments, while Mia Lehrer + Associates created the development’s landscape plan.
Santa Monica housing and economic development director Andy Agle said: "The Village is at the centre of it all."
"It is a block from the Santa Monica terminus of the new Expo Line and within easy walking distance to all major destinations, including the beach, Civic Auditorium, 3rd Street Promenade, Ocean Avenue hotels and restaurants, Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park and, of course, the stunning new Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square," Agle said.
Related California said The Village will have convenient transit access starting in 2015 when the Expo Line opens, connecting Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles.
Construction on the residential development is expected to take two years and completion is scheduled for January 2014.