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Local News in Brief : Panel Votes to Limit Expansion of Mall

A Los Angeles City Council committee, acting against the recommendations of its staff and the Planning Commission, on Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposed 160,000-square-foot expansion of the Westside Pavilion shopping center.

Siding with homeowner groups and Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky, who represents the area, the Planning and Environment Committee endorsed a plan that limits the West Los Angeles mall’s expansion to 105,000 square feet and calls for 1,000 additional parking spaces. The committee also reduced the size of a proposed automobile bridge over Westwood Boulevard from 71 to 43 feet and ordered signals to mitigate traffic and parking problems in the area.

Richard Green, president of the development company, Westfield Inc., complained that the committee’s plan “could cost us about $50 million to meet all the conditions. Obviously we are disappointed.”

The City Council is expected to vote on the committee’s recommendation next week.

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