Thanks to a change in HBO’s plans, Apple will soon be moving to Culver City. The tech giant is slated to lease Lincoln Property Co.’s 128,000 square-foot building at 8777 Washington Blvd. That site had previously been scooped up by HBO but those plans fell through, opening the way for Apple.
The new space, once completed, will include both retail and “creative office space.” It will replace the previous Surfas site.
According to Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, “Culver City is looking forward to Apple growing its operations in our community. The creative economy has played an important role in Culver City since the City’s incorporation in 1917. Culver City motto is “The Heart of Screenland” and this was relevant 100 years ago, when the first movie production studio opened here and continues today as the screen you view your creative content ranges from the movie theatre to your iPhone.”
Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is excited for the substantial economic impact that Apple will likely bring to the Culver City Real Estate area. 2014 data showed that creative industries comprise over 14% of total employment across all industries in the City. With Apple and Amazon moving into the area, that is likely to increase.
Due to the positive impact on the economy, Culver City has invested significant resources into the area near Apple’s new building.
Per Mayor Cooper, “This site is located at the corner of Washington and National, the heart of the City’s Transit Oriented Development District (T.O.D.), which is anchored by Culver City’s Metro Expo Line station. With the recent opening of The Platform and the future Ivy Station, this area will no doubt be further transformed into a vibrant, walk-able destination in a few short years.”
Besides the new office space on Washington, Apple is also said to be leasing the 85,00 square-foot campus at 5500 Jefferson Blvd. Though not technically within the Culver City limits, it is adjacent to the community.
Martin Feinberg, Realtor, was interested to learn that Apple had originally planned on leasing space at The Culver Studios before Amazon acquired it. Now both companies will have a presence in Culver City.