Warner Center, Los Angeles

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Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California in the foreground, including Warner Center.

Warner Center is an edge city in the Woodland Hills district of Los Angeles, California. It was built to relieve traffic to/from downtown Los Angeles, as well as generate jobs in the San Fernando Valley. It was first envisioned in the 1970s and considered complete in the mid-1990s.

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Overview

It contains many low rise office buildings, as well as several high rise skyscrapers, notably three that are all in the same lot of land (all three being zoned out for commerce). There are also some residential and industrial buildings, as well as some retail such as the Westfield Promenade. The western-most stop of the Orange Line Transitway ends at the transit hub of the same name on Owensmouth Street, in between Erwin and Oxnard streets. The transitway opened on October 29, 2005. Los Angeles Pierce College (a community college) is located east of the Center.

The three tallest skyscrapers of Warner Center, with lower mid-rises around them. Taken from the corner of Owensmouth and Erwin in December 2004.

The three tallest skyscrapers of Warner Center are all next to each other as to create a miniature skyline that blends in with the other high rises of the Valley, including Warner Center itself. The center skyscraper of the three is the tallest, having approximately 25 stories above ground, and as of 2007, has the company logo of AIG at the top.

They are owned by Douglas Emmett Properties.<ref[1]</ref>

The skyline of Warner Center is visible from U.S. Route 101, with the farthest view of the entire skyline being visible to the west from the off-ramp of Parkway Calabasas Road, in the city of Calabasas, and with the closest western view being shortly after the Fallbrook Avenue off-ramp in Woodland Hills. The farthest eastern view is unknown at this time, but, on the clearest of days, can probably be seen from Van Nuys.

Warner Center is named for Harry Warner, the eldest of the Warner brothers, who had owned the land since the 1940s as a small part of his 1100-acre (4.5 km²) horse ranch. Robert Voit led the commercial development of the land after it was sold in the late 1970s. As of 2003, the area employed 40,000 with only 10,000 residents.[1]

The Harry Warner family donated 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land in 1967 that became the Warner Center Park (also known as the Warner Ranch Park).[2] Today, it is adjacent to the central, high rise buildings of Warner Center. Apart from picnic tables, the park features the US$1.3 million Lou Bredlow Pavilion, which is the permanent home to the Valley Cultural Center's Concerts in the Park.[3] These free, outdoor concerts play on Sundays starting in June until Labor Day annually.[4]

Warner Center is home to several large businesses, including Health Net, a Fortune 500 company, Zenith Insurance, a national workers' compensation insurance company, Daily News, second-largest circulating daily newspaper company of Los Angeles, California, Panavision, an American motion picture equipment company, and Codeblack Entertainment, a film studio.

New Plan Aims to Make Warner Center More Cosmopolitan

Earlier this year, the Planning Department released the draft environmental impact report for the Warner Center Regional Core Comprehensive Specific Plan, which will serve as both a plan and guidelines for building in the area through 2035. The plan organizes the Warner Center into eight districts (1. Business Park, 2. Canoga River Improvement Overlay, 3. Downtown, 4. Eastside, 5. Northeast Village, 6. Southwest Residential, 7. Topanga West, and 8. Uptown), roughly bound by the LA River, the 101 Freeway, De Soto Avenue, and Topanga Canyon Boulevard--about one and a half square miles. The 1993 Warner Specific Plan ended at Vanowen Street, so the new plan's LA River boundary reflects an expansion of the plan's area. [5].

The Los Angeles Daily News quotes City Planner Ken Bernstein, who describes the new vision for Warner Center as more "cosmopolitan, 21st century." The paper adds: "The plan would allow 40-story skyscrapers. Small retail shops - where locals could walk to buy basics - would be encouraged, in an area now dominated by national chains and big malls. The long superblocks and six-lane thoroughfares would be 'cut up' by adding paseos and crosswalks to create a more intimate feel for pedestrians." [6]

Westfield's Big 3

The City Council approved the Village at Westfield Topanga - a new Costco, retail and entertainment development that will combine with Westfield existing Warner Center malls to make one of Southern California's largest shopping complexes "Westfield's Big 3". The Village at Westfield Topanga, a dynamic mixed-use project designed to be a community destination and gathering place in the heart of the West Valley. The project will include over one million square feet of uses on 30.67 acres of underutilized land within Warner Center.[7] Located between Westfield Topanga and Westfield Promenade, The Village will be your new one-of-a-kind destination with a unique blend of retail, dining, community spaces and social activities including landscaped pedestrian walkways, an open air plaza, alfresco dining, family-friendly outdoor spaces, water features and a community center.

Phase 1, which includes the development of the anchor retailer and the majority of retail and restaurant space to include pedestrian and community gathering space is to start construction in late 2012 and projected to be completed in 2013. Phase 2, which includes the hotel, office community center, is anticipated to be completed in 2016. Westfield Big 3 will be the largest shopping district in Los Angeles. The Village will feature outdoor open spaces alongside a blend of new retail shops, restaurants, offices, a boutique hotel, and a community/cultural center. This is part of the urban development project to make Warner Center more cosmopolitan.

Emergency services

Fire service

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 84 (Woodland Hills) and Station 72 (Canoga Park) serve Warner Center.

Police service

Security guards employed by Universal Protection Service continuously monitor and patrol all buildings, parking structures, and loading docks. Los Angeles Police Department operates the nearby Topanga Community Police Station.[8]

Hospital

Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Warner Center. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center consists of a 175-bed hospital and serves 2 million residents of the San Fernando Valley. Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Hospital, a non-profit general medical and surgical facility, is operated by Kaiser Foundation Hospital.

The hospital had 12,600 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 4,055 annual inpatient and 5,197 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 38,131 visits. Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Hospital is the highest ranked hospital in the San Fernando Valley, and ranked 13th highest hospital among Los Angeles-area hospitals because of its strength in specialties such as cancer, diabetes, endocrinology, gynecology, orthopedics and urology. " [9]

References

  1. ^ Danny King (2003-02-13). "Focus turns to housing, retail at Valley's mega-office project - Spotlight on Warner Center". Los Angeles Business Journal. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m5072/is_7_25/ai_98336183. Retrieved 2007-01-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ Fuller, Randy. "Warner Park, Lou Bredlow Pavilion". AOL City Guide Los Angeles. http://search.cityguide.aol.com/losangeles/entertainment/warner-park-lou-bredlow-pavilion/v-91222. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Valley Cultural Center: About". Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. http://web.archive.org/web/20070612230405/http://www.valleycultural.org/aboutus.php. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Valley Cultural Center: Concerts in the Park". http://www.valleycultural.org/concerts_park.php. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  5. ^ {{cite web | url = http://cityplanning.lacity.org/eir/WarnerCntrRegionalCore/DEIR/TOC_WarnerCnt.htm%7C work = Department of City Planning |
  6. ^ Smith, Dakota. "Warner Center blueprint calls for 'cosmopolitan' design". Los Angeles Daily News. http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_19619626. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  7. ^ Smith, Dakota. "Costco-anchored Village at Westfield Topanga gets City Council OK". Los Angeles Daily News. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_20076062. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  8. ^ http://lapdonline.org/topanga_community_police_station lapdonline.org
  9. ^ Abram, Susan. "Woodland Hill's Kaiser is best-rated in Valley". Los Angeles Daily News. http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21097416/ucla-medical-center-tops-state-hospitals-woodland-hills. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 

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Coordinates: 34°10′44″N 118°36′04″W / 34.179°N 118.601°W / 34.179; -118.601