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Westfield's Century City project faces challenge

March 24, 2009 |  8:37 am

Westfield's ambitious proposal to enlarge its Century City shopping center and build a 39-story tower with 262 apartments or condos is facing a challenge from a coalition of homeowners.

The appeal of the Los Angeles Planning Commission's approval of the $800-million project was set to be heard Tuesday at a hearing of the Planning and Land Use Management committee. But the city has postponed the hearing to an as-yet-unspecified date.

The project "puts too much of a strain on our infrastructure," said Mike Eveloff, one of the challengers. Meanwhile, Eveloff said, funds paid by Westfield and other developers to help schools affected by their projects "end up going into the maw that is LAUSD," rather than easing the effects at  specific schools.

Also postponed was consideration of a challenge to the so-called La Brea-Willoughby project, a seven-story, mixed-use project that a neighborhood coalition says will bring too much traffic and density.

--Martha Groves