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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1997
A proposal to convert Westwood Village into a vast shopping mall with 4,700 more movie seats than it already has--that's 10 existing complexes of theaters all within 10 blocks of each other--is not only wrongheaded and disproportionate, it would block off a major street and add congestion to the already seriously clogged Wilshire-Westwood corridor. Why such a plan? It would not bolster the existing businesses or produce the parking facilities they desperately cry out for, but would do a single emphatic thing: put money into the pockets of a private developer, Ira Smedra.
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February 23, 1999 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles-based developer Ira Smedra, whose proposed $84-million Village Center Westwood retail-theater complex is embroiled in controversy, is acquiring properties at Valley Plaza in North Hollywood and hopes to begin a major rehabilitation of the plaza later this year, sources close to the developer said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1989
Your Aug. 1 story on our Studio City carwash-coffeeshop corner quotes Ira Smedra, the world-be developer of the corner, as saying, "There are a lot of people in that area who have said they want me to get rid of that atrocity and build something nice." The aesthetics of the '50s are in the eye of the beholder, but Pat Galati's gas station and carwash and Tiny Naylor's coffee shop are part of our cultural heritage. In a few more years this corner will be as historic as a stagecoach stop, but unlike the stagecoach stop will still be functioning as useful businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1997
A proposal to convert Westwood Village into a vast shopping mall with 4,700 more movie seats than it already has--that's 10 existing complexes of theaters all within 10 blocks of each other--is not only wrongheaded and disproportionate, it would block off a major street and add congestion to the already seriously clogged Wilshire-Westwood corridor. Why such a plan? It would not bolster the existing businesses or produce the parking facilities they desperately cry out for, but would do a single emphatic thing: put money into the pockets of a private developer, Ira Smedra.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1990
In a recent Valley edition, Steve Harvey wrote in his "Only in L.A." column that developer Ira Smedra is building a "much- needed mini mall" in place of Pat Galati's carwash. I certainly disagree with Harvey's opinion that a mini-mall at that location is "much needed." Obviously Harvey must be a Studio City resident in order to feel the need for one, and of course he is entitled to his opinion. But why isn't his opinion expressed in the opinion section of The Times?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
About 125 people rallied Sunday against a developer's plan to build a mini-mall where a carwash and a coffee shop now stand in Studio City, vowing to boycott the shopping center if it is ever built. "If they don't stop, we won't shop," read several of the signs carried by the protesters who came in support of the 1950s-era carwash and the Tiny Naylor's restaurant at the southeast corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards. The residents want the carwash preserved as a cultural monument because of its tall boomerang-shaped steel girders, which, they say, mark "the Gateway to Studio City."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
The 60-year heritage of one of the San Fernando Valley's oldest gas stations was summed up for Studio City homeowners in 15 seconds. "We're planning a two-story shopping center with underground parking where the Unocal station is. We'll start work in late summer and expect to take 12 to 14 months to build. I'd like to address any questions you may have," developer Ira Smedra said. Stony-faced residents had plenty of questions as they learned that their landmark neighborhood service station at the southeast corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards will soon be bulldozed to make way for a new mini-mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1989 | GREG BRAXTON, GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The developer of a proposed mini-mall that is slated to replace Studio City's "cultural monument" carwash filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles on Friday, claiming that the City Council illegally ordered him to draft a detailed environmental impact report on his project. Developer Ira Smedra said that the council's action was "unwarranted and unjust," and that the shopping center met zoning standards.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1999 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles-based developer Ira Smedra, whose proposed $84-million Village Center Westwood retail-theater complex is embroiled in controversy, is acquiring properties at Valley Plaza in North Hollywood and hopes to begin a major rehabilitation of the plaza later this year, sources close to the developer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1997
Los Angeles Councilman Mike Feuer will host a community workshop Tuesday to discuss the proposed Village Center Westwood project. The $100-million development in the northeast corner of Westwood Village would include retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, a public library, parking and a 164-unit apartment building for senior citizens. City staff, developer Ira Smedra and prospective tenants will attend the meeting, which will include a two-hour period for questions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1990
In a recent Valley edition, Steve Harvey wrote in his "Only in L.A." column that developer Ira Smedra is building a "much- needed mini mall" in place of Pat Galati's carwash. I certainly disagree with Harvey's opinion that a mini-mall at that location is "much needed." Obviously Harvey must be a Studio City resident in order to feel the need for one, and of course he is entitled to his opinion. But why isn't his opinion expressed in the opinion section of The Times?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1989 | GREG BRAXTON, GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The developer of a proposed mini-mall that is slated to replace Studio City's "cultural monument" carwash filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles on Friday, claiming that the City Council illegally ordered him to draft a detailed environmental impact report on his project. Developer Ira Smedra said that the council's action was "unwarranted and unjust," and that the shopping center met zoning standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1989
Your Aug. 1 story on our Studio City carwash-coffeeshop corner quotes Ira Smedra, the world-be developer of the corner, as saying, "There are a lot of people in that area who have said they want me to get rid of that atrocity and build something nice." The aesthetics of the '50s are in the eye of the beholder, but Pat Galati's gas station and carwash and Tiny Naylor's coffee shop are part of our cultural heritage. In a few more years this corner will be as historic as a stagecoach stop, but unlike the stagecoach stop will still be functioning as useful businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
About 125 people rallied Sunday against a developer's plan to build a mini-mall where a carwash and a coffee shop now stand in Studio City, vowing to boycott the shopping center if it is ever built. "If they don't stop, we won't shop," read several of the signs carried by the protesters who came in support of the 1950s-era carwash and the Tiny Naylor's restaurant at the southeast corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards. The residents want the carwash preserved as a cultural monument because of its tall boomerang-shaped steel girders, which, they say, mark "the Gateway to Studio City."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
The 60-year heritage of one of the San Fernando Valley's oldest gas stations was summed up for Studio City homeowners in 15 seconds. "We're planning a two-story shopping center with underground parking where the Unocal station is. We'll start work in late summer and expect to take 12 to 14 months to build. I'd like to address any questions you may have," developer Ira Smedra said. Stony-faced residents had plenty of questions as they learned that their landmark neighborhood service station at the southeast corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards will soon be bulldozed to make way for a new mini-mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1997
The city and a developer have reached a tentative settlement with a group of residents who filed a lawsuit seeking to block construction of a massive retail complex in the city's Lower Hastings Ranch neighborhood. The lawsuit, filed by Pasadena Residents for a Healthy Environment, sought an environmental impact report on the proposed Hastings Village Shopping Center, saying it will generate significant traffic, noise and air pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1995
A four-acre lot in the heart of Westwood Village could become the site of a $100-million retail and entertainment complex that backers say would revitalize the struggling retail area. Developer Ira Smedra purchased the site late last month from Nansay U.S.A. for an undisclosed price.
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