Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The City Council approved a plan Tuesday that lays out a blueprint for redeveloping a 340-acre plot north of Los Angeles International Airport as a commercial and office district near downtown Westchester.

The council voted 12-0 to approve the LAX Northside Plan, which calls for restaurants, retail shops, recreation and open space, an office park and a three-mile walking path to the beach at Playa del Rey.

Councilman Mike Bonin is expected to detail the plan at an event in Westchester later Tuesday afternoon. He said the plan was approved in conjunction with the Westchester area’s 75th anniversary.

“This plan puts neighborhoods first and is a shining example of our world-class airport acting like a first-class neighbor,” Bonin said. “I cannot think of a better gift as Westchester gets ready to celebrate the past 75 years and looks forward to the next 75.”

Specific projects will be considered later for the area covered under the newly approved plan, according to Bonin aide David Graham-Caso.

Bonin will work with Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX, and the mayor’s office on an “implementation plan” that will lay out what request for proposals will be issued, Graham-Caso said.

According to Bonin’s office, the plan improves on an “outdated” proposal from the 1980s that called for greater density. When Los Angeles World Airports first purchased the plots that make up the site during the 1970s and 1980s, the plan had been to construct tall buildings, with less open space. The plan approved Tuesday sets aside 175,000 square feet for public use and 50 acres for park space, according to Bonin’s office.

— Wire reports 

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