November 12, 1988 |
The real estate empire built by Pittsburgh billionaire Henry L. Hillman, one of the nation's richest men, will pay $200 million cash for Unocal headquarters and a large section of vacant land in downtown Los Angeles, the oil company said Friday. The price for the 13-story office building and 13 acres, the biggest contiguous piece of undeveloped downtown real estate west of the Harbor Freeway, was at the high end of estimates made at the time Unocal announced plans to sell in July.
January 31, 1993 |
The City Council's planning and land-use management committee last week voted to scale down a proposal to build a low-income senior housing project. The committee approved a 49-unit project, 14 fewer units than the Los Angeles City Planning Committee recommended in August. The developer, the nonprofit Chinese Community Service Center, originally requested permission to build an 86-unit housing project on the one-acre site. Local critics of the project, at 1727-1739 Horton Ave.
September 18, 1997 |
On Sunday, in the late afternoon, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will lead a procession through downtown Los Angeles to a hillside overlooking the Hollywood Freeway. There, he will bless the ground. Ten thousand people are expected to meet him at the end of his pilgrimage from the old cathedral, St. Vibiana's, to the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. In reality, he will start at one parking lot and end up at another. There is no cathedral. The 3.
November 5, 1997 |
Cheryl Wilson walks down South Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles and sees a future as illustrious as the past and nothing like the faded present. In Wilson's imagination, the four-block stretch of classic beaux-arts buildings between 3rd and 7th streets is a bustling community filled with multimedia and entertainment companies occupying renovated office suites and live-work lofts.
May 23, 1993 |
In the latest push to have a supermarket built at Vermont Avenue and Adams Boulevard, neighborhood residents have posted a sign at the site and are circulating a petition calling on City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas to do a better job of letting the community know where the project stands. Erected during a May 16 rally attended by 200 residents, the sign reads: "705 Days of darkness. There is no rebuilding here. Mark Ridley-Thomas, where's the market?"
January 31, 1993 |
The Planning Commission has given final approval for a Newton Division police station to be built at 3400 Central Ave. Construction of the 26,000-square-foot, $13-million station is to begin in April, 1994, said Lynell Washington, a planner for CRSS Construction Inc. Six single-family homes must be demolished to make way for the station and the homeowners agreed in August to sell their property to the city.
October 10, 1999 |
In ancient Rome, when great amphitheaters were built for public displays of mortal combat, the term "arena" referred to the layer of sand that was spread on the ground to absorb gladiators' spilled blood. In the late 20th century, "arena" conveys a different image: an entertainment machine, a multipurpose complex hosting sports, music and other events. Fun, yes? Great design, no. Architecturally, arenas have always been considered the poor relation to stadia.
October 25, 2000 |
Genesis L.A., Mayor Richard Riordan's inner-city economic development initiative, will launch a private investment fund to channel expansion capital to manufacturing and technology companies mostly in poor parts of Los Angeles, city officials said Tuesday. The new fund broadens the scope of Genesis L.A., which was designed to attract private capital to key development sites and supplement the projects with public funding when needed.
February 23, 1999 |
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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May 14, 1993 |
Universal Studios has received a tentative nod from the Los Angeles Planning Department to move forward with plans for 12-story parking garage in Studio City, a city planning official said Thursday. In issuing the ruling, the department's Environmental Staff Advisory Committee determined that any negative environmental impact associated with the 1 million-square-foot development could be corrected with relative ease and that the project could forgo a more rigorous environmental impact report.