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City Council approves Century City high-rise without debate

June 2, 2009 |  3:11 pm

The Los Angeles City Council gave the go-ahead today to a 39-story retail and residential complex in Century City planned by the shopping mall company Westfield U.S. Holdings.

Under the proposal, Westfield plans to reconfigure its shopping and dining areas while adding a high-rise that would house 262 condominiums and up to four stories of shopping – primarily Bloomingdale’s, which will be relocated from another part of the mall.

Westfield also plans to raze two existing office buildings.

Environmental documents prepared by the city’s planning department estimated that the $800 million project, when completed, will generate up to 5,922 additional car trips per day on weekdays and up to 7,466 extra car trips per day on weekends.

To address some of the project’s impacts, Westfield agreed to an array of concessions – upgrading intersections,  encouraging greater use of public transit and creating a “parking ombudsman” to regulate parking by mall employees.

The council approved the project without discussion.

-- David Zahniser

Photo: L.A. Times