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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1997 | BARRY STAVRO and MARTHA WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Homeowners and business executives took turns praising and condemning Universal Studios' proposed 25-year, $2-billion expansion before a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night in a sometimes raucous hearing before the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission. "We don't want another Disneyland in our backyard," said Gerald Silver, president of Homeowners of Encino. "We don't want a large work force of hot dog and hamburger salesmen [drawn by] a worldwide tourist attraction."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2000 | KATHLEEN O'STEEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the opening of CityWalk seven years ago, Universal Studios Hollywood was at the leading edge of the "shopper-tainment" trend--mixing quirky retail stores with theaters, themed restaurants and nightclubs. With malls around the country copying the concept, CityWalk doesn't quite stand out like it once did. So, like a theme park opening a hot new ride, CityWalk this spring will debut a major expansion that could help it again stand out from the crowd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 16 years, the owners of the Racquet Centre in Universal City have encouraged patrons to raise a racket for exercise and fun. But now that the tennis and racquet club is in danger of being torn down to make room for a Metro Rail parking lot, supporters are being asked to raise a loud racket to save the center. In letters mailed last month, the owners asked about 2,000 patrons to write to transportation officials and "let your voice be heard . . . Please do not put this off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MCA Development Co. filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking the courts to compel a reluctant city of Los Angeles to rezone 54 acres of prime vacant property next to Universal City for major high-rise development. The lawsuit by the real estate subsidiary of entertainment giant MCA Inc. is the latest to piggyback on the legal principles raised in the recent litigation surrounding Warner Ridge.
NEWS
July 3, 1997 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Universal Studios unveiled a sharply smaller expansion plan Wednesday, one that would cut its massive, $1-billion project size by 44%, in hopes of winning city and county approval. The move follows months of complaints by neighboring homeowners and a request by county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Councilman John Ferraro that Universal scale back its expansion project by 40% and emphasize its film and TV operations rather than building a new theme park.
NEWS
January 8, 1996 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entertainment giant MCA Inc. has embarked on the second phase of construction at its popular CityWalk venue, a project that will nearly double the size of the current hilltop promenade of shops and restaurants but also has nearby homeowners fuming over expected noise and traffic. The expansion will begin to take shape Friday with the opening of a Hard Rock Cafe at the east end of the existing 200,000-square-foot complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1993
After nearly three decades of piecemeal development of its 420 acres in the Cahuenga Pass, MCA Inc. announced Thursday that it will provide city and county officials with a long-sought master plan. Additionally, MCA executives said they are scrapping plans for a 10-story parking garage--vehemently opposed by neighbors--directly off the Hollywood Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
MCA Inc. is consulting with nearby homeowners groups about plans to complete its CityWalk amusement park and construct a six-story parking garage, a company official said Monday. Christine Hanson, vice president for corporate communications, said the addition of several retail shops and restaurants and the parking garage were approved by the county along with the original plot plan for CityWalk.
NEWS
October 16, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kicking off what is sure to become a contentious debate over plans to double development at Universal City, the county released a draft environmental impact report Tuesday that says the massive project is "consistent with . . . plans for . . . development within major centers."
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