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Last year, the completion of the the Village at Westfield Topanga was heralded as a new Downtown for the San Fernando Valley.  The outdoor shopping center, built at a cost of $350 million, offers a pedestrian paseo flanked by a curated collection of stores and restaurants.

The new mall stands in stark relief to the dilapidated Westfield Promenade, which has seen an exodus of tenants as a result of decaying conditions.  With the future of the 43-year-old Promenade uncertain, Westfield may have found an answer to its problem.

Following months of rumors, the Australian corporation filed plans with the City of Los Angeles earlier today to redevelop the 35-acre site at 6100 N. Topanga Canyon Boulevard into a mixed-use community.  According to a case filing from the Department of City Planning, Westfield's proposal would create 1,432 residential units, 244,000 square feet of retail space, 629,000 square feet of offices, two hotels with 572 guest rooms and a 320,000-square-foot entertainment and sports center.  Other amenities within the project could include a grocery store and a pharmacy.

Although city records do not offer details such as a budget, timeline or building heights, the scale and scope of the proposal would likely result in multiple high-rise buildings and new streets cutting through the project site.

The proposed development emerges in the wake of the Warner Center 2035 plan, which reenvisions the staid commercial district as a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.  This vision has been best exemplified by a similarly ambitious redevelopment planned for the 46-acre site that once housed a manufacturing facility for Rocketdyne.

A handful of smaller multi-use projects are also in the works for other former industrial sites throughout Warner Center.

The Westfield Promenade (Image: Google Maps)

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