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October 1, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council has approved $4.4 million in assessments for Westwood Village property owners to fund an ambitious street improvement project. The goal is to create an atmosphere that appeals to pedestrians, said Rochelle Ventura, chief field deputy for Councilman Mike Feuer. Broxton Avenue will be widened, and a double row of trees planted, creating a boulevard atmosphere leading to a planned four-level parking structure.
December 15, 1988 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a development control plan designed to save Westwood Village's remaining Spanish-style and Mediterranean buildings, limit the height of new construction and make the auto-clogged shopping district once again pleasant for pedestrians. Walking, rather than driving, through the village would be promoted by some street closures, the widening of sidewalks and construction of pedestrian plazas and sidewalk cafes.
July 5, 1987 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, Times Urban Affairs Writer
Can Westwood Village, the once-elegant shopping area south of the UCLA campus, be restored to its former glory, or is it doomed to remain a 33-acre clutch of movie theaters, pizza parlors and yogurt dispensaries, lost in the shadows of the new high-rise office buildings along Wilshire Boulevard?
September 28, 1986
Topping-out ceremonies have been held for the $45-million Westwood Place office building at Glendon Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood Village. The 15-story tower, developed by Beverly Hills-based Held Properties, will provide 205,000 square feet of office space when completed next April. The building was designed by Los Angeles-based Maxwell Starkman Associates. Jones Bros. Construction Corp. of Beverly Hills is general contractor.
December 26, 1985
A building moratorium aimed at halting the replacement of existing apartments with large new complexes in north Westwood Village has been extended six months by the City Council. The extension continues the moratorium until Aug. 19. The city may extend the building ban another six months after that. The moratorium applies to an area bounded by Veteran and Gayley avenues and Strathmore Drive. The City Council has also extended a building moratorium covering housing areas east of UCLA.
January 28, 1988 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, Times Staff Writer
Westwood homeowners and merchants hope that industrialist Armand Hammer's surprise proposal to build a $30-million museum in the village will help change the area from a glittery movie-theater capital to a major cultural center. Community leaders said the proposal helps advance plans to upgrade the quality of the village, which in recent years has experienced a proliferation of fast-food restaurants and novelty stores that appeal to a transient population of teen-agers and students.
June 30, 1988 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, Times Staff Writer
Responding to Westwood Village merchants' fears that measures taken eliminate weekend cruisers have also discouraged shoppers, the city will soften a 2-year-old ban on traffic and will provide more time on parking meters. The merchants and Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky today will announce their plan to lure visitors who have been driven away by reports of weekend traffic and parking problems. Earlier this month, the city pushed back the time of the street closures from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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.
March 4, 1994
Parking meter rates in Westwood Village were cut as of Thursday, a change that business owners hope will bring in more shoppers and visitors. Parking at a meter for an hour will cost 50 cents now, the same rate in effect throughout the rest of the Westside. "This is the first step they're doing to improve Westwood Village," said Caroline Dillon of the Westwood Village Management Corp. "It's one of the steps the merchants requested."
Sure, Tom Carroll wants to see Westwood Village rise from its slumber. Why, just the idea of having its theaters, restaurants and shops bustle again with customers sends Carroll's hard-charging personality into overdrive. But whatever you do, don't ask the village's 45-year-old business consultant and marketing manager about returning Westwood to the boom town days of the 1970s and early 1980s.
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