Wohl Investment Begins Retail Center Renovation

Wohl Investment Co. of Irvine will begin a $12-million rehabilitation this week of a retail center occupying a block of 17th Street in Costa Mesa between Santa Ana and Westminster avenues.

Formerly known as Hillgren Square, the 60,000-square-foot center will be renamed 17th Street Promenade and will be "aimed at serving the upscale demographics of the area," said Peter Desforges, president of Wohl. "Many stores will be local or regional rather than the national chain stores that can be found in many communities," Desforges said.

The project, to include remodeling of all store exteriors and common areas, will be designed by Architectural Team Three of Irvine, with Oltmans Construction Co. of Whittier as the general contractor. The remodeling is scheduled to be completed in October.

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