Work Begins on Braude Center

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Marvin Braude helped break ground Monday morning for a new municipal building in Van Nuys that will bear his name.

The Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Service Center, to be located at Van Nuys Boulevard and Sylvan Street, will house the Valley office of the mayor, offices of the 11th District council member, city attorney and city clerk, and offices for building and safety, transportation and planning.

There also will be Department of Public Works offices for the bureaus of engineering, contract administration, street services and fire prevention.

Expected to be completed in 2003, the $34-million Mediterranean-style office building will feature an outdoor rotunda, public plaza and retail stores, the mayor's office said.

The Braude center is the result of a public-private partnership between the city and the Voit Development Team.

Braude, who represented District 11 for 32 years, retired in 1997.

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