Massive development planned for Warner Center’s Promenade mall

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An enormous new mixed use development could be on its way to the site of a declining shopping mall in Woodland Hills. Plans filed with the city Thursday call for the construction of 1,432 residential units, along with two hotels with a combined 572 guest rooms at what is currently Warner Center’s Promenade mall

But wait, there’s more! The plans also propose 244,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery and drug store; more than 600,000 square feet of offices; and an entertainment and sports center.

The project’s developer is not currently listed on the application, but Westfield owns the now decades-old mall, and recently acquired the attached AMC movie theater and former Macy’s building. In a 2015 press release, the company noted that purchasing the latter structure presented “a unique opportunity to consider a range of prospects and alternatives over time.”

Constructed in 1973, the Promenade has recently fallen onto hard times. A 2015 lawsuit alleged that Westfield had allowed the mall to deteriorate, and in July, a longtime shopkeeper told The Daily Newsthat the shops inside were roughly 80 percent vacant.

The huge mixed use project now in the works is one of many recent projects spurred on by a city plan to transform Warner Center into a more urban live-work community.

Westfield itself has invested heavily in the area, renovating the Westfield Topanga and opening the new Village at Westfield Topanga next door. The development now on the table, though, would be the area’s most ambitious project yet.

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