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The city’s iconic Beverly Center is getting a sweeping $500 million renovation that will begin later this month.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined other local officials and representatives from developer Taubman Centers at the Beverly Center to announce details of the project.

Once renovated, the eight-story 1980s mall at 8500 Beverly Blvd. will feature skylights and a new, window-dotted exterior. But the biggest addition to the luxury-brand center will be a fancy food hall and upscale restaurants.

“The Beverly Center holds a special place in L.A.’s imagination — it’s where an entire generation of Angelenos went on first dates, bought prom dresses and met up with friends on weekends,” Garcetti said Monday night.”Re- imagining it for the 21st century is a tremendous investment in making those timeless experiences possible for the next generation of Angelenos. These plans capture the spirit of ambition and innovation that is driving our city’s economic resurgence.”

Malls trying to keep up with the times are turning to food as a way to draw people, analysts said. The Beverly Center, as part of its revamp, will introduce about 10 new restaurants and a food hall to be helmed by celebrity chef Michael Mina.

According to Taubman Centers, the new revamp will include the following highlights:

–Adding a continuous ribbon of new skylights that will bathe the entire center’s elegant and contoured floor openings and curves in natural light.

–A shimmering new exterior that incorporates a perforated steel facade and will beautifully capture light during all parts of the day.

–A fresh new streetscape that combines modern architecture and drought- resistant greenery for a pleasant walking experience.

–A row of street-level restaurants that open the center to the vibrancy of West Third Street and embrace a pedestrian-oriented environment.

–A flexible Center Court featuring an impressive 20-by-30-foot LED screen, plenty of places to sit, relax and plug in, and the ability to host events, exhibitions and installations.

–A state-of-the-art smart parking system to dramatically improve the center’s arrival and departure experience.

Beverly Center and its tenants will be open during construction, which is scheduled to be completed by the 2018 holiday season.

Additions to the retail lineup will be announced over the course of the project.

—City News Service

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