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November 25, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Los Angeles and a private developer collaborated to put a major shopping mall within walking distance of her Baldwin Hills home, Deirdre Hill did her shopping across town. She still does--three years after the $120-million Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza first beckoned the affluent residents of the nearby hilltop neighborhoods. Hill said she still makes the trek because the May Co. and Broadway stores at the plaza failed to sufficiently upgrade their merchandise and facilities.
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February 5, 2002 | LAURA LOH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated by repeated efforts to rebuild a 23-acre shopping center in the Crenshaw district, Los Angeles city officials are mulling over a plan for a mix of commercial space and private residences for the first time in the project's troubled 15-year history.
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March 14, 1998 | AMY OAKES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 20 years, Dick Bellamy and Max Wolnick have squared off three times a week for a friendly hourlong tennis match. And it has always been at the same time, the same place and even on the same court. "We play at 8 o'clock every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, unless one of us is out of town," Bellamy said while taking a water break between sets recently at The Racquet Centre in Studio City. But this summer, Bellamy and Wolnick will have to find a new place to get their tennis fix.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2001 | OSCAR JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Controversial plans for an $80-million Pico district shopping center with a Home Depot stacked atop a Costco won approval Thursday from the Los Angeles Planning Commission. The project will sit on 11.9 acres between Pico, San Vicente and West boulevards. It also will include an MTA bus terminal, a McDonald's, a self-storage facility and a 1,478-car parking structure. The Planning Commission approved the proposal after a four-hour public hearing at which about 50 residents voiced concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1994
For the construction workers at the Northridge Fashion Center, the Jan. 17 earthquake is more than just a memory as they busily rebuild the 1.5-million-square-foot structure that was shaken to its foundation. After initial images of the mall's flattened garage and crumpled walls were beamed across the country, and after crews began to examine the damage, the mall's owner--MEPC American Properties of Dallas--announced there was more damage than originally suspected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
Hoping to draw an upscale department store such as Nordstrom, Sherman Oaks Fashion Square is planning a $20-million expansion that would increase the size of the mall by 20%, to nearly 1 million square feet. David Burger, an Australian businessman who owns Fashion Square, has already discussed the project with officials at Nordstrom and other stores, including Bloomingdale's. Burger also owns the Buena Park Mall in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of people fled in panic Saturday when fighting erupted at an outdoor rap concert at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, prompting police to declare a tactical alert and evacuate the mall and its parking lot. No arrests were made and no serious injuries were reported. Los Angeles police responded to reports of an altercation and possible shots fired about 3:30 p.m., and 50 to 60 officers were dispatched to the mall at Martin Luther King Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
The atmosphere didn't exactly have the feel of New York City's Savoy Theater back in the late 1920s. Then again, it didn't much matter to more than two dozen couples who jumped, jived and flipped their way through a Sunday afternoon swing competition before hundreds of transfixed shoppers at the Fashion Square shopping mall. Sixteen competitors squared off for the right to strut their stuff at the Hollywood Bowl's "Great American Concert--Swing Night" Sept. 10 and 11.
BUSINESS
January 25, 1994
Most stores in the Fallbrook Mall in West Hills will reopen by today, mall officials said. However, restricted or limited access to the enclosed mall remains in place for Mervyn's, Sears and the J. C. Penney outlet store. These stores are expected to announce reopening dates later this week, officials said. The mall was given a "safe to occupy" posting by the Los Angeles Building and Safety Department, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council paved the way Wednesday to give outdoor vendors at the Eastside's bustling El Mercado de Los Angeles the permanent home some have sought for decades. The council tentatively approved a zoning change allowing a new building on the property into which vendors who now hawk goods in the mercado parking lot could move. The council action pleased the 40 vendors who sell everything from taquitos to toys to as many as 30,000 visitors a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2001
Three Los Angeles area shopping centers, including the Valley Central Shopping Center in Lancaster, have been purchased by Retail Value Investment Program, a joint venture of Prudential Real Estate Investors, Developers Diversified and Coventry Real Estate Partners, for $109.9 million. Burnham Pacific Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust based in San Diego, was the seller.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Rodamco North America, a Dutch owner of U.S. shopping malls, agreed to buy Urban Shopping Centers Inc., which owns the Century City Shopping Center among others, for $1.6 billion in cash and will assume $1.6 billion in debt to more than double in size and gain expertise in property services. Rodamco will pay $48 a share for Chicago-based Urban, 39% more than Monday's closing price. It will also assume about $1.6 billion in debt and $400 million in preferred securities.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2000 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
Our democracy offers many delightful freedoms, not least of which is the freedom to risk life and liberty in the pursuit of Gucci loafers. The Democratic National Convention visitors can put shopping high on their party's agenda. Herewith, we offer a Bill of Shopping Rights and Lefts, a guide that will make consuming L.A.'s material goods speedy and less of a trial. Rightist shoppers may prefer the shopping streets of Southern California that celebrate capitalism in its glory.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2000
Shopping from Rodeo Drive to Melrose Avenue highlighted by Valli Herman-Cohen (Page 16). Aaardvark's Odd Ark (7579 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, [323] 655-6769). A.B.S. (55 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, [626] 577-8505). Anthropologie (1402 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, [310] 393-4763). Banana Republic (37 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, [626] 683-8286). Barneys New York (9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, [310] 276-4400). Betsey Johnson (8050 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, [323] 852-1534).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost every day, groups of young men hang out at the Glen Square Shopping Center. Some drink beer. Some sell fake documents and drugs at the strip mall at Sherman Way and Variel Avenue. They often gather in the laundermat, where there is no supervisor. There they gamble, make deals and sometimes hide merchandise in the machines or garbage bins. They threaten tenants of the shopping center who ask them to take their business elsewhere.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2000 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expected today to announce plans for a store in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, bringing jobs and lower prices to one of the most underserved regions of Los Angeles. In expanding from its rural base into a major city's urban core, Wal-Mart joins several national retailers that are looking inward from an increasingly crowded ring of suburban locations, betting that traditional downtown areas are among the next best places to boost profits. Target Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1996
A Miracle Mile mini-mall, where construction was halted this spring because the project violated many city regulations, will be scaled back to about 60% of the original proposed size, officials said Tuesday. Developers have submitted new plans for the commercial structure at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Detroit Street that meet all codes, said Art Devine, executive officer of the Los Angeles Building and Safety Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Nearly two years after awarding a developer a contract to build a combined high school and retail complex near downtown, members of the Los Angeles Board of Education continue to debate how the retail space should be used. At a hearing Thursday on the Belmont Learning Complex, the developer finally presented a shopping center proposal that would include a grocery store, two restaurants, health clinics and shoe stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
The atmosphere didn't exactly have the feel of New York City's Savoy Theater back in the late 1920s. Then again, it didn't much matter to more than two dozen couples who jumped, jived and flipped their way through a Sunday afternoon swing competition before hundreds of transfixed shoppers at the Fashion Square shopping mall. Sixteen competitors squared off for the right to strut their stuff at the Hollywood Bowl's "Great American Concert--Swing Night" Sept. 10 and 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council paved the way Wednesday to give outdoor vendors at the Eastside's bustling El Mercado de Los Angeles the permanent home some have sought for decades. The council tentatively approved a zoning change allowing a new building on the property into which vendors who now hawk goods in the mercado parking lot could move. The council action pleased the 40 vendors who sell everything from taquitos to toys to as many as 30,000 visitors a month.
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