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Last week, the owners of the Westside Pavilion Shopping center on W Pico Blvd announced that Google would be leasing over 600,000 square feet for their Los Angeles Offices. Below is what we know so far about the project!
Google will be leasing the property for over a decade
According to the announcement, Google has signed a 14-year lease for the entirety of the office space, which will be complete in 2022. The space will be called One Westside, and is just one more addition to the long list of spaces that Google has leased on the Westside.
One Westside will be the first of its kind
One Westside will be “a first-of-its-kind conversion” from shopping center to creative office space, according to Macerich and Hudson Pacific Properties, which own the space. Hudson Pacific and Macerich are planning on converting the mall into offices later in 2019.
The project will reuse the mall’s existing high ceilings, skylights and outdoor spaces within the new space.
“Google’s selection of One Westside demonstrates the strength of the Los Angeles tech and media industries, and exemplifies the type of creative office space that is in demand from large tech and media tenants,” Victor Coleman, chairman and CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties, said in a statement.
Owners of the shopping center announced in May that they would be repurposing much of the mall into office space. This plan came after the mall’s occupancy rate crashed — a common trend among malls across the country.
Google is Expanding Throughout Los Angles
“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Google, and are proud to support this significant phase of their growth. Google’s selection of One Westside demonstrates the strength of the Los Angeles tech and media industries, and exemplifies the type of creative office space that is in demand from large tech and media tenants," Hudson Pacific Properties chairman and CEO Victor Coleman said Tuesday in a statement.
Not Everyone is Excited About the Project
The news of Google's lease of the project last week was met with some dismay, mostly by those who fear that the tech giant’s entry into the Pavilion's West Los Angeles neighborhood would further gentrify it. Others were upset with the fact that the once-lively mall would no longer be apart of their community.