Local News in Brief : Commercial Plan Unveiled

Los Angeles County officials have unveiled a developer's plan to convert the aging Pan Pacific Auditorium in the Fairfax district to a retail and entertainment center featuring an ice rink, five movie theaters, restaurants and offices.

Except for a small service area, the entire 116,700-square-foot complex would be contained in the existing auditorium next to Pan Pacific Park, prized by preservationists for its curving facade and elaborate ornamentation. The project is expected to cost $14.6 million.

The proposal, by the development firm of Kornwasser & Friedman-Goldrich & Kest, is one of 10 submitted in response to county Supervisor Ed Edelman's search last year for a developer who would make use of the structure while retaining the facade and the building's architectural character.

The proposal was chosen because it can be quickly implemented and because county staff consider the developer to be well qualified, according to a report by county Chief Administrative Officer Richard B. Dixon.

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