Affordable housing complex proposed for property of Methodist Church on Sepulveda

The Culver City Council has approved a motion by a nonprofit developer to modify a proposed affordable complex on the site of the Culver Palms United Methodist Church at 4464 Sepulveda Blvd.

The project, funded by Community Corp. of Santa Monica originally called for the church and preschool building to be demolished to make way for a new five-story, nearly 157,000-square-foot, 78-unit building with semi-underground parking for 127 vehicles, according to Urbanize LA. The construction of new buildings on the property for the church and the kindergarten was also planned.

community corp however, was unable to secure additional funding to move forward with the project — which had received a $4 million funding commitment from the Culver City Housing Authority — forcing it to return to the drawing board.

The revamped project will have 95 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, according to Urbanize LA, which will be reserved for households earning between 30% and 80% of the region’s median income level. The new development, dubbed Jubilo Village, is expected to cost nearly $66.5 million, according to the developer. Funding is expected to close by December 2023.

While Community Corp. will oversee the development, Culver Palms United Methodist Church will continue to own the property, with rental payments covering the cost of the new church and preschool buildings.

“When we found out about the housing shortage in this community, [Culver Palms United Methodist Church] responded to a call,” the church said in a statement. “After discussions in small groups, church halls and church council meetings, we as a church family decided during last year’s batch conference that we want to have affordable housing built on the church property. And after much deliberation and a participatory process, the decision was made by the CPUMC Council to build entirely new church facilities.”

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