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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1997
The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing today on Village Center Westwood, a proposed 469,000-square-foot project in Westwood. The $100-million development would include 3,400 movie theater seats, a supermarket, senior citizens housing, retail space and a library. Backers of the project say that it will revitalize Westwood, while opponents worry about traffic problems and say that the area already has too many movie theaters. The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2002 | SUFIYA ABDUR-RAHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Jack Weiss nailed the coffin shut Wednesday on a controversial mall construction plan in Westwood Village. Although the project had been dead for two years, Weiss said he wanted to make sure that it would not be resurrected. A unanimous council approved Weiss' measure to revoke the rights to build Village Center Westwood, a $100-million movie theater and shopping mall on Glendon Avenue originally proposed by developer Ira Smedra in 1996.
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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.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2000 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Developer Ira Smedra has a new partner in his controversial Village Center Westwood project in Westwood Village. A group of Smedra's partners has sold its interest in the project to Beverly Hills-based Casden Properties Inc., according to sources at the Charles Dunn Co., which brokered the deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1997
Owners of the Village Center Westwood development have reached an agreement with Pacific Theatres to operate the project's movie multiplex, officials said Wednesday. Ira Smedra, managing partner for Village Center Westwood, and Neil Hartrecht, vice president of real estate for Pacific Theatres, said they were pleased to be moving forward. The project has been opposed by some Westwood residents for adding more movie seats to an already saturated area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1998
A public hearing on the controversial Village Center Westwood project will be held today in front of the city Planning Commission. The proposed 469,000-square-foot development would include retail shops, restaurants, a supermarket and 3,400 movie theater seats. Opponents of the project say the village has enough movie theaters, and claim the developer's plan to prohibit vehicle traffic on part of Glendon Avenue will add to the area's congestion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1997 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Westwood Village, once a bustling shopping and entertainment center, has fallen on hard times in the last decade, failing to attract crowds of either residents or tourists. Developer Ira Smedra thinks he knows the way out of the village's economic stagnation: a 469,000-square-foot project he calls Village Center Westwood that would add movie theaters, retail space, a supermarket and a public library. The plan would also close Glendon Avenue to motor traffic to create a pedestrian plaza.
OPINION
March 1, 1998
For those who remember, Westwood Village in the 1970s was a fun, hip place to shop, take in a movie or dinner or just hang out. It was quaint but sophisticated. UCLA students, faculty members and outsiders mingled in the small bookstores and one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing shops. A lively street scene with artisans and musicians sprang up on weekends. But little by little over the past 20 years, the charm faded. Occasional street violence scared customers away.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2000 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Developer Ira Smedra has a new partner in his controversial Village Center Westwood project in Westwood Village. A group of Smedra's partners has sold its interest in the project to Beverly Hills-based Casden Properties Inc., according to sources at the Charles Dunn Co., which brokered the deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1997
In response to community criticism, a development firm on Monday unveiled revisions to a controversial $100-million proposed revitalization project in Westwood Village. Developer Ira Smedra changed the plans for the Village Center Westwood, a large movie and retail plaza proposal, after receiving the recommendations of a 22-member community working group assembled by Los Angeles Councilman Mike Feuer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998 | SHAWN HUBLER
A guy I know used to live in Westwood, back when living in Westwood was really something to talk about. It was the early 1970s, and when he recalls it, his voice still goes wistful, as if his return address had once been Camelot. There were little shops, he says, and little hardware stores. OK, the restaurants weren't great, but back then no place in L.A. had great cuisine. The atmosphere was the thing: Mimes and bookstores and Hare Krishnas and UCLA beer halls and so many people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998
Developers of the proposed Village Center Westwood--a controversial project that would incorporate movie theaters, shopping and a library--have requested that scheduled hearings before city agencies be postponed, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1998
After hearing more than seven hours of often fervent testimony on the Village Center Westwood project, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the retail and theater development. Opponents vowed that they would file a suit to block the project, which must still earn the City Council's approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1998
A public hearing on the controversial Village Center Westwood project will be held today in front of the city Planning Commission. The proposed 469,000-square-foot development would include retail shops, restaurants, a supermarket and 3,400 movie theater seats. Opponents of the project say the village has enough movie theaters, and claim the developer's plan to prohibit vehicle traffic on part of Glendon Avenue will add to the area's congestion.
OPINION
March 1, 1998
For those who remember, Westwood Village in the 1970s was a fun, hip place to shop, take in a movie or dinner or just hang out. It was quaint but sophisticated. UCLA students, faculty members and outsiders mingled in the small bookstores and one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing shops. A lively street scene with artisans and musicians sprang up on weekends. But little by little over the past 20 years, the charm faded. Occasional street violence scared customers away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998
City Councilman Mike Feuer has spent the last three weekends knocking on the doors of constituents to talk to them about Village Center Westwood, a proposed development of shops and movie theaters. Feuer aide Daniel Hinerfeld said the councilman decided to speak to residents and distribute fliers about the proposed development because he felt "there's a lot of misinformation about the project and a lot of snap opinions made on no information."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997
Public sentiment about a proposed movie multiplex in Westwood Village ranged from enthusiastic support to animosity at a meeting Tuesday night. About 150 people attended the meeting hosted by Councilman Mike Feuer to solicit opinion on the 469,000-square-foot project known as Village Center Westwood. The proposed development would include 3,400 movie seats, a supermarket, senior citizen housing, retail space and a library.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998
To publicize opposition to a proposed development in Westwood Village--and to attempt to sway City Councilman Mike Feuer's favorable opinion of the project--a property owners association this week distributed lawn signs reading "Feuer: Stop Smedra." The lawn signs refer to developer Ira Smedra, whose Village Center Westwood project would bring new shops, restaurants and movie theaters into the center of the village. Sandy Brown, co-president of the Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998
To publicize opposition to a proposed development in Westwood Village--and to attempt to sway City Councilman Mike Feuer's favorable opinion of the project--a property owners association this week distributed lawn signs reading "Feuer: Stop Smedra." The lawn signs refer to developer Ira Smedra, whose Village Center Westwood project would bring new shops, restaurants and movie theaters into the center of the village. Sandy Brown, co-president of the Holmby-Westwood Property Owners Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1997 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Westwood Village, once a bustling shopping and entertainment center, has fallen on hard times in the last decade, failing to attract crowds of either residents or tourists. Developer Ira Smedra thinks he knows the way out of the village's economic stagnation: a 469,000-square-foot project he calls Village Center Westwood that would add movie theaters, retail space, a supermarket and a public library. The plan would also close Glendon Avenue to motor traffic to create a pedestrian plaza.
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