Despite neighborhood calls for more density or a less suburbany Costco, the Planning Commission unanimously approved the Village at Westfield Topanga project yesterday...after a seven hour hearing. Damn. The 30 acre project will bring the Costco, eight retail buildings, a hotel, a 12 story office tower, a community center, and 3,362 parking spaces to Warner Center. The Commission did ask for more bike improvements and a bigger canopy for the project's gas station, as well as for the community center to be built in Phase I rather than Phase II, reports the Daily News. But they loved the look--one commissioner said "This is pretty great design." Phase I--the Costco and four of the retail buildings--is slated for completion in 2013. The rest are expected to be finished in 2016. Now it's on to the City Council for more approvals.
· The Village at Westfield Topanga leaps key planning hurdle [LADN]
· Warner Center Now Likes Westfield Village, Still Hates Costco [Curbed LA]