Fashion Fair Mall River Park. There was a plan to build a massive movie theater complex on the opposite side of Westwood Boulevard from the mall in The screen Landmark Theatres complex will remain in the reconfigured mall, as will Westside Tavern restaurant and other shops mostly on the ground floor along Pico and Westwood boulevards.
The demand for such space is clearly strong. Offices converted from other uses offer more space for creative tenants there, he said. The sector itself has been decimated by the likes of Amazon and other ecommerce retailers, and industry experts say a quarter of U. That has caused mall landlords to look into the future, with a growing sense of dread, and an eye for a way out.
As with any other property, location is paramount, brokers and real estate pros said. As a commutable, accessible office location, the Westside Pavilion happens to work. As a mall, the spot struggled mightily in recent years. Macerich had been trying to sell the sprawling three-story location since November. Like many aging malls in the U. Macerich had floated the idea of tearing down walls to open its ground level stores to Pico Boulevard.
But in the end, CEO Art Coppola said it had interest from buyers that wanted to completely redevelop the property. Some mall owners have been able to keep their retail malls viable. Westfield undertook billions of dollars in renovation projects at its malls around L. Streets near the mall became designated as permit parking, and 1, parking spaces and a two-tier bridge for cars and pedestrians were built when the mall expanded across Pico and Westwood boulevards. It didn't take long after the traffic issue was addressed that residents began to embrace Westside Pavilion, turning it into an integral part of the West Los Angeles landscape.
Designed by architect Jon Jerde, thick white columns inside the mall link each level together, mirroring a European-style structure. And its clear skylights, which span vast portions of the mall, allow natural light to seep inside.
But despite its popularity, Westside Pavilion has not been able to adapt to retail's changing landscape. Calott said the mall's transformation reflects the growing demand of office space from municipalities and developers across California. So from a development standpoint, that will deliver the sweetest revenue return. Hudson Pacific, which specializes in developing and operating office properties on the West Coast, will act as developer and be in charge of the day-to-day operations as the property's manager.
But some residents are disappointed that future plans for the mall don't include housing, and worry that turning the mall into office spaces will increase traffic and change the culture of the neighborhood. But she also added that she's "personally disappointed" that the development doesn't include housing. It's an ideal location for transit, and it should be accompanied by housing that includes affordable units as well. Chris Barton, Hudson Pacific's executive vice president for development and capital investments, said although the developer didn't consider housing as an option for the mall, it is dedicated to addressing community members' concerns.
As Tippit and Yaroslavsky reflect on their part in shaping the mall's history, they feel proud about what the mall has come to mean for residents. And if you told me people would be upset or sad, I would have told you that was impossible. I didn't do well with voters who lived in the streets behind the Westside Pavilion. Even Tippit, who at first was against development of the mall, has come to feel saddened by its death. In recent years, it's become a tradition for her to walk hand-in-hand with her year-old granddaughter to the mall, a bonding activity she said would have otherwise been impossible.
Follow me on Twitter melissaetehad. Halbert, 18, said she has shopped at the mall her entire life. The mall is set to close in But like so many American malls, Westside Pavilion has fallen. The chairwoman for the Westside neighborhood council said she has shopped at the mall since its opening in The bridge over Westwood Boulevard connects the roof parking and the third floor of Nordstrom, left, at Westside Pavilion. The parking entrance to the Westside Pavilion off Overland. Although the mall will remain open until mid, its already beginning to look unrecognizable.
For Halbert, the mall's closure is akin to losing a sanctuary. It's always been more than just a place where I could purchase stuff. Some employees feel the same. In , Landmark Theatres opened a new screen facility in West L.
The hope was that it would be an anchor for indie films targeting upscale audiences, who had not been served well in the area. By the late s and early '90s, the situation began to improve. Then in , Landmark Theatres opened a new 12—screen facility.
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Located in Los Angeles, CA - Westside Pavilion is a shopping center featuring Banana Republic, Landmark Theatres, H&M, Gap Kids and many more stores and restaurants. Photo of Westside Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA, United States it's hard to justify a trip to Westside Pavillion anymore. Also, there is no longer a concierge on duty to. It gift cards, provide extra parking time with large purchases, etc. Ellen F. and 6 others voted for this review 3/5(). Mar 05, · Westside Pavilion, a longtime landmark Los Angeles shopping center, will be converted to mostly office space in the wake of losing its anchor department stores and .