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.
As he rode the escalator up to the third floor, his son ran ahead into GameStop, a video game store. Like most nearby residents, Rooney said he's been coming to the mall at least once a week since his son was born, but says in recent years the mall has felt different. Despite the fond memories for some, the Westside Pavilion wasn't always a place the community cherished. Before opening in , the mall's landlord faced great resistance from local residents who viewed the project as the type of development that would increase traffic congestion and create parking issues.
Terri Tippit, the chairwoman for the Westside neighborhood council and year Rancho Park resident, said for a long time the three-story, block-long structure felt like an "intrusion.
Tippit worked alongside then Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavksy and the mall's landlord to come up with solutions to ease traffic around the mall. 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. The Westside Pavillion is the largest shopping center near the Westside, until you get to Santa Monica, but that's a ways to drive. Westpoint Pavilion contains a large range of lshops, including department stores, Macys and Nordstrom, as well as any number of specialty shops.
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The community responded by banning street parking to non-residents and the developers agreed to provide adequate parking within the mall, as well as retain the Vons supermarket that existed in the previous shopping center. The mall was designed by the same architect who designed structures for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles and had a look that was a cross between s kitsch , a "palace" of geometrical shapes of different bright colors, and a Parisian shop-lined street.
The mall quickly became a Westside landmark. There was a plan to build a massive movie theater complex on the opposite side of Westwood Boulevard from the mall in That plan eventually evolved into an expansion of the mall, designed by the mall's original architect , Jon Jerde , which included new shops and al fresco restaurants all connected to the rest of the mall by a bridge over Westwood. One problem was that the mall's designers had failed to reserve a route linking the mall's central atrium to the bridge to Westside Too.
Instead, the bridge was coupled directly to the third floor of the mall's western anchor store Nordstrom meaning that people wishing to transit between the two halves of the mall had to walk through the store.
Most of Westside Too still had the dated earlys decor on the abandoned storefronts. Agencies serving the community, such as the West L. Chamber of Commerce and an infant and toddler gym, soon took over some of these spaces.
The original part of the mall was renovated in with the installation of carpeted seating areas and German limestone flooring to give it a more contemporary and upscale look. Westside Too remained open until January , when it was closed to make way for a screen Landmark movie theater and new restaurants. The new addition opened in June ; Barnes and Noble was the only store from Westside Too that remained in the new addition. The bookstore was closed for the duration of the renovations, but was not itself renovated.
The theater also features reserved seating and a wine bar. In late , a group of animal rights activists began peaceful protests in Westside Pavilion against a pet store called BarkWorks, which they alleged was a retailer for puppy mills.
Macerich restricted the protesters to the pedestrian bridge over Westwood Boulevard and prohibited them from protesting on certain blackout days. The protesters conformed their conduct to Macerich's restrictions, but also filed a lawsuit to enjoin Macerich from enforcing them.
On March 2, , the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District ruled that the trial court had erred in denying the protesters' motion for a preliminary injunction. The appellate court held that Macerich's restrictions blackout days and not protesting directly in front of the targeted tenant were unreasonable as a matter of law, and reversed and remanded for further proceedings.
In , Westside Tavern, a full service restaurant and bar opened adjacent to the movie theater and has been well received by many visitors who frequent both the restaurant and the theater.
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 .