Westfield’s proposed Promenade 2035 Plan got a nod of approval from the city’s Planning Department – with one major modification.
The plan as submitted to the city included a 15,000-seat stadium, which the Zoning Administrator cut in half to 7,500. The city also required the arena to be enclosed as part of their approval. The square footage of the stadium was unchanged under the approval.
The entire project is a mixed-use development on the site of the old Promenade Mall at Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Oxnard Street. It will have 1,432 multi-famiy residential units, 244,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 629,000 square feet of office space and 572 hotel rooms.
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Executive Vice President of Development Larry Green told Valley News Group, “We’re still in the process of reviewing the determination letter from the LA Department of City Planning, but are initially pleased that they have accepted the fundamental elements of the plan; and are excited to be one step closer to final approval.
Further, we’re pleased that the determination embraced the idea of an Entertainment and Sports Center, as well as approved its size within the overall footprint of the Promenade Plan. We look forward to a continuing conversation about the importance of having a facility that compares in seating capacity and quality as those serving other parts of greater Los Angeles; as well as one that will act as a catalyst for further economic growth in the Warner Center’s Downtown District.
We are still in the early stages of the process. With any ambitious vision, there are points of negotiation and discussions that will occur. We will continue to work with the city and community to respond to their comments and resolve issues. As always, we are committed to a robust community process, which reflects the more than two decades of conversations with neighbors and embraces the vision of the Warner Center 2035 Plan.”
The July 17 determination is not the final approval. The last day to file an appeal is August 1. 2019.