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October 18, 1994
The Ice Chalet skating rink in North Hollywood is reopening on Thursday, joining just two other businesses that have reopened in the Laurel Plaza shopping mall since the January earthquake caused major damage there. The Art of Collecting retail shop and the Wide World Tours travel agency in Laurel Plaza are also open. But the mall's owner, Forest City Enterprises Inc., has so far declined to say if the rest of the mall will remain closed.
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April 9, 1997 | DADE HAYES
More than three years after the Northridge earthquake wiped out all but one store at the Laurel Plaza shopping center, developers are still trying to get city approval for a plan to breathe new retail life into the site. The matter appears on today's City Council agenda, but officials said a vote would most likely be delayed several months, as it has been repeatedly since the quake.
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November 1, 1994 | ED BOND and JEFF SCHNAUFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly all of the earthquake-battered Laurel Plaza shopping mall in North Hollywood will be demolished, the shopping center's attorney said Monday, putting an end to hopes that the 26-year-old mall owned by Forest City Enterprises would be refurbished. "It is the intention of Forest City to have the portions of the mall other than May Company-Robinsons torn down," said Tom Leanse, attorney for the local subsidiary of the Cleveland-based company.
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November 1, 1994 | ED BOND and JEFF SCHNAUFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly all of the earthquake-battered Laurel Plaza shopping mall in North Hollywood will be demolished, the shopping center's attorney said Monday, putting an end to hopes that the 26-year-old mall owned by Forest City Enterprises would be refurbished. "It is the intention of Forest City to have the portions of the mall other than May Company-Robinsons torn down," said Tom Leanse, attorney for the local subsidiary of the Cleveland-based company.
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May 28, 1994 | JIM CROGAN
A $150-million project to renovate and expand Laurel Plaza mall and build a multistory office building on adjoining property has cleared one of its final hurdles. The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a revised plan for the project at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Oxnard Street and voted to send it to the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
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September 11, 1994
Re: "Mall Plays Waiting Game" (Aug. 26 Letters to the Editor). The merchants of Laurel Plaza are right and the developer is wrong. As the landlord, Forest City is responsible for keeping the property in a safe and usable condition and should have repaired the mall immediately after the damage. Mr. Greenberg and the other merchants of the Laurel Plaza Mall, North Hollywood, are finally finding out what kind of company Forest City Development really is. This company has no concern about the well-being of the merchants who were devastated in the January earthquake.
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June 26, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
Public hearings will be scheduled for September on plans to expand and upgrade the aging Laurel Plaza mall in North Hollywood, according to developers. Everett Shine, vice president of Forest City Development, said the hearings will come nearly five years after the $150-million project was originally proposed. "It's taken a lot of design and detail changes to make it attractive to the community," Shine said. "It's going to take a lot of public support to be approved."
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November 26, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
If you have time to read this, you're not shopping hard enough. Although there are some encouraging signs of an improving economy, merchants at Laurel Plaza Mall in North Hollywood are reluctant to predict how this year's shopping season will go. "It's a make it or break it year," said Vicky Goldstein, manager of Claire's Boutique at the mall. Although she says her jewelry shop is doing better than last year, she maintains that "those who don't make it are going to get closed."
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March 5, 1992 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many North Hollywood residents are not satisfied with proposed solutions to problems that may arise from the expansion of Laurel Plaza Mall, and at least one group has asked the city to withdraw what it called an "inadequate" report on the project. "There still remain significant impacts, and the proposed mitigation measures are not significant," said Bob Carcia, president of a group called Slow the Overdevelopment Process (STOP).
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December 16, 1992 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students from North Hollywood High School--the site of recent race-related violence--will get help landing jobs at Laurel Plaza Mall under an agreement outlined Tuesday by the school, the shopping center developer and the local Chamber of Commerce. Calling the program the first of its kind in Los Angeles, the organizers said they hope to spawn similar efforts in other areas. "We have to go back to this sense of community, where people care about one another," school Principal Catherine Lum said.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1994
The Ice Chalet skating rink in North Hollywood is reopening on Thursday, joining just two other businesses that have reopened in the Laurel Plaza shopping mall since the January earthquake caused major damage there. The Art of Collecting retail shop and the Wide World Tours travel agency in Laurel Plaza are also open. But the mall's owner, Forest City Enterprises Inc., has so far declined to say if the rest of the mall will remain closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1994
Re: "Mall Plays Waiting Game" (Aug. 26 Letters to the Editor). The merchants of Laurel Plaza are right and the developer is wrong. As the landlord, Forest City is responsible for keeping the property in a safe and usable condition and should have repaired the mall immediately after the damage. Mr. Greenberg and the other merchants of the Laurel Plaza Mall, North Hollywood, are finally finding out what kind of company Forest City Development really is. This company has no concern about the well-being of the merchants who were devastated in the January earthquake.
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August 26, 1994 | FRANK MANNING
After meeting Thursday with the owners of Laurel Plaza, the tenants of the earthquake-damaged mall remain in limbo about whether they will ever be allowed to reopen their businesses. Representatives from F. C. Laurel Inc. told the tenants they want to meet with them individually to talk about the cleanup of asbestos that became a hazard after the Northridge earthquake. But F. C.
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July 13, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Six months after Laurel Plaza was damaged by the Northridge earthquake, merchants are complaining that the mall's managers are using costly repairs as an excuse to stay closed while they wait for approval to raze the structure and replace it with a $150-million shopping center. Many merchants say they are fearful that delays in reopening will put them out of business. Officials with Forest City Enterprises Inc.
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May 28, 1994 | JIM CROGAN
A $150-million project to renovate and expand Laurel Plaza mall and build a multistory office building on adjoining property has cleared one of its final hurdles. The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a revised plan for the project at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Oxnard Street and voted to send it to the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
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November 26, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
If you have time to read this, you're not shopping hard enough. Although there are some encouraging signs of an improving economy, merchants at Laurel Plaza Mall in North Hollywood are reluctant to predict how this year's shopping season will go. "It's a make it or break it year," said Vicky Goldstein, manager of Claire's Boutique at the mall. Although she says her jewelry shop is doing better than last year, she maintains that "those who don't make it are going to get closed."
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January 4, 1992 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remedies exist for the potential problems of noise, traffic and pollution raised by homeowners opposed to the expansion of the Laurel Plaza Mall in North Hollywood, Los Angeles city planners have concluded, but the opponents are unconvinced. Proposed in 1988 by Forest City Commercial Development, the $150-million project would replace the small shopping center on Oxnard Street with a mall housing four department stores and a 10-story office tower.
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August 27, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
The Los Angeles Planning Commission will hold the first public hearing Sept. 21 on a proposal to upgrade and expand the aging Laurel Plaza Mall, a spokesman for the Planning Department said Thursday. The hearing comes nearly five years after the controversial $150-million project was first proposed.
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