Construction plans and specifications for the renovation of Ivy Substation and Media Park were approved by the Redevelopment Agency Monday.
The agency authorized advertising for bids for the $2.38-million project, which includes removing hazardous wastes, such as asbestos in the tar-paper roof covering, planting palm trees along Venice Boulevard, paving paths and renovating the Mission Revival-style substation for use as a community center.
The style of the substation will be retained with such features as high ceilings and natural lighting. The 3,500-square-foot space will have restrooms, an elevator, areas for food preparation and enough room for 250 seats for receptions and performances.
The 84-year-old substation once provided power for the Pacific Electric Railway Co. It is now boarded up and covered with graffiti.
The building, at Venice and Culver boulevards, is owned by the city of Los Angeles. Under a 40-year agreement with Los Angeles, Culver City is leasing the substation and park for free.