The scaled-down, suburban "mixed-use" development known as the Village at Westfield Topanga is underway and is shaping up to be a "romantic" getaway for Valley-ites, at least according to the project's press people. Consisting of restaurants, a gas station, and stores including a Costco (it once had a hotel and office component too), the project aims to be less soul-sucking than most Valley shopping experiences by adding outdoor features and lots of trees (some salvaged from the site before construction started). Other additions: a transparent fountain that will create the illusion of "walking on water," more water features, lots of lights, outdoor patios, fire pits, communal tables, hanging basket chairs, and a play space for kids. The 550,000-square-foot development cost Westfield $450 million—it received $59 million in tax breaks from the city of LA—and opens in fall 2015.
· Village at Westfield Topanga [Curbed LA]