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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a rebuff to Mayor Tom Bradley, Manhattan developer Donald Trump said Monday that he may go ahead with plans to construct the world's tallest building in Los Angeles and may make it 300 feet taller than he originally suggested. Trump rejected a request by Bradley that he limit the scale of the development, planned for the site of the Ambassador Hotel. The developer also rejected Bradley's Friday suggestion that he help finance commercial developments in poorer areas of the city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1998 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden paid an unannounced call on the school board Tuesday morning to plead against revival of a plan to build a high school on the former Ambassador Hotel site. In an appearance moments before the school trustees began a six-hour closed meeting that included discussion of the Ambassador site, Holden pitched a proposal by developer Donald Trump to build a commercial center on the abandoned Mid-Wilshire property.
BUSINESS
November 20, 1998 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New plans for a $250-million pedestrian-oriented retail and entertainment complex on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles have been unveiled by developers, who were stung by criticism of an earlier, plainer proposal. A San Diego-based partnership is circulating revised plans to community leaders and city officials for Wilshire Center Marketplace, a 1-million-square-foot project that proponents hope will bring new life to a long-suffering stretch of Wilshire Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2006 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
She couldn't believe her eyes when she went back to the place she grew up. "My childhood is gone -- it just disappeared. I'm seeing the whole first 17 years of my life pass in front of me," Carlyn Frank Benjamin said. Benjamin was peering through a fence at rubble from the Ambassador Hotel, which has been demolished to make room for a school. Benjamin lived at the Ambassador between 1921, when it opened, and 1938.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH and SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Tom Bradley has told developer Donald Trump that he must build 100 units of affordable housing elsewhere in Los Angeles if he wants to build a high-rise complex on the old Ambassador Hotel site. Trump's development proposal also conflicts with plans of Los Angeles school officials who want to build a high school on the Ambassador site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1990 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You don't have to paint Fraser MacIver a picture. He's had a chance to draw his own conclusions about nostalgia in Los Angeles. MacIver is a Canadian artist who has spent the past month producing watercolor renderings of the defunct Ambassador Hotel--earmarked for demolition to make way for either a 125-story office tower or a new public high school. His paintings depict the 69-year-old hotel in its heyday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2004 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
A compromise plan for building badly needed schools on the site of the Ambassador Hotel won over a prominent friend Friday: state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. At a news conference at the jampacked Berendo Middle School, Nunez made it clear that his first choice would be for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which owns the property, to level the historic hotel altogether. But the Los Angeles Democrat said he had decided to embrace a plan backed by Supt.
NEWS
January 18, 1990 | LEON WHITESON
When it comes to the fate of the famed Ambassador Hotel and the future of Wilshire Boulevard, mega-developer Donald Trump's New York money may talk loudly. But another voice--that of the UCLA-based Urban Innovations Group--already is having its considerable say in the contentious debate about the way Los Angeles should grapple with its growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
It might just be the biggest architectural salvage project in Los Angeles. For more than 15 years, workers have been slowly taking apart the Ambassador Hotel. They've removed many of the fixtures, furniture and equipment from the Wilshire Boulevard landmark that once hosted Hollywood stars and world leaders and have sold them off, piece by piece. It started in 1991, about two years after the hotel closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nathan Kaplan, an 82-year-old man with white hair and beard, has lived for 14 years across the street from the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district, and he has heard all sorts of proposals--from restoration to schools or office buildings--for the now-defunct hotel.
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