MCA Wins Approval for Universal City Addition

Over some objections from neighbors, MCA, as expected, won Los Angeles City Council approval Wednesday to build a $70-million addition to be known as “CityWalk” at its Universal City Entertainment Complex.

The project is to be the first major addition to the popular entertainment attraction since nearly a dozen movie theaters were opened there about three years ago. The project includes construction of a 257,000-square-foot mall consisting mostly of boutiques and restaurants but also including a music production studio and a UCLA Extension facility.

Before the City Council Wednesday was an MCA request for a zoning variance for a small part of the project that is in the city. The remainder of the project is in unincorporated areas governed by county zoning and building codes.