Crenshaw Mall Goes To…..Not The Highest Bidder

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall sold to New York developers - Los Angeles  Times

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall was sold to Harridge Development Group for $111 Million.

For those who believe gentrification still doesn’t exist please explain how a predominantly black South LA community group was able to raise $115 million to buy Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall but lost the bid to a non-black, non-local developer who raise less then they did. DWS recently awarded the bid to Harridge Development Group, who appears to specialize in large-scale mixed-use projects throughout Los Angeles. Supposedly Harridge won the bid with financial backing from Russian American billionaire oil tycoon, Leonard Blavatnik but without his backing DCR had the highest bid. Harridge Development Group bought the mall from a Chicago private equity fund for about $111 million. Now they also bought the neighboring Macy’s building, which I guess is considered separate from the mall for an additional $30 Million, so some argue that’s what tilted the scale to Harridge.

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The South LA community group known as Downtown Crenshaw Rising stated that DWS favored a non-black, non-local developer, which caused many race question in regards to areas of gentrification. The DCR was able to raise $59.5 million on top of $35 million in philanthropy that was already in their bank account. DCR wanted to build affordable housing, job train programs, a 6 acre park daycare, recording studio, and a production district with theater and a permeant home for us South LA food Co-Op. the proposal also included a hotel, restaurant, office space, and educational space. Even with a solid plan for the space and the highest bid this year, they still lost a bidding war. DCR is strongly worried about the gentrification is more displacing the black on businesses of the area.


Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings, Save The Date!

Empowerment Congress West Area

Neighborhood Development Council

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A Certified City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

Serving the communities of: Arlington Park, Baldwin Hills Estates,

Baldwin Village, Baldwin Hills Village Garden Homes, Baldwin Vista,

Cameo Woods, Crenshaw Manor, Leimert Park & Village Green

ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SPECIAL MEETING — PLANNING, LAND USE &
BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE

TUESDAY January 27, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza – Community Room

3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Please join Council District 10, the Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA),
Community Build, and LAPD
for the MLK Day of Service Community Clean-up
SATURDAY January 17, 2015 / 8:00 am
Meet at the Vision Theater Parking Lot
4304 Degnan Avenue, Los Angeles 90008
30th Annual King Day Parade
11:00 am
*wave to members of the Empowerment Congress West Board!*
Monday January 19, 2015
– also –
Leimert Park Village People Street Urban Farm Lab
It’s A Day of Service!  
Bring your gloves, tools or something for volunteer workers to eat or drink.
– also –
Council District 8 Kingdom Day Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Crenshaw Blvd, between Vernon & 48th
(Please see attachment)
Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’
California Budget Priorities Forum
Saturday January 24, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dorsey High School Math/Science/Technology Magnet
3537 Farmdale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Find out what the budget means to you at the forum via thought-provoking discussion

of important local issues and the fiscal impact of Governor Brown’s proposed 2015-2016 State Budget.

Lunch will be provided.

Join Metro and Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors 
at the Construction Update Community Meeting

Learn about upcoming construction activities

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6pm to 7:30pm

Crenshaw United Methodist Church
3740 Don Felipe Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.
Signage will direct people to the meeting room (Wesley Hall).

To RSVP or ask questions, please call (213) 922-2736 or email crenshawcorridor@metro.net.

For direction and information taking public transit call 323.GO.METRO (323) 466.3876

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Plans For A New Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall

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Remember in 2012 I told yall there were plans to do a complete overhaul of the current Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, to bring the mall more out the street and make it more pedestrian friendly as well as add hotels and condos galore, well I wasn’t lying! Here are some conceptual designs of what the area is to come of and some are saying it may make the area a 24 hour community.  With the stop at King and Crenshaw off the Crenshaw Line, an underground portal will connect the mall to the Crenshaw Line and I think Capri Capital Partners (mall owners and developers) wants to capitalize off that.  They are planning to add over 2 million square feet of new retail, hotel, offices, condos, and apartment space, completely transforming the current image/idea of the mall.  I believe these plans also incorporate developing Marlton Square as well.  And At Santa Rosalia and Stocker, the plans is to put up a 12-story hotel tower with 400 rooms.

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Curbed LA:

“Developers/mall-owners Capri Capital Partners are planning a separate “pedestrian-oriented retail village” where Stocker Street meets Crenshaw; it would have a collection of one- and two-story restaurants and stores grouped around a wide pedestrian paseo that would connect shoppers to the mall. The area would be liberally landscaped; from the renderings, it looks so similar to a Grove-like shopping center that you can almost hear the piped-in music. Though there are definitely pedestrian-friendly elements at work here, don’t fret, drivers: there will also be plenty of parking. Despite new subway access right at its front door, at MLK Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw, there will be 7,000 parking spots split between the two sections of the site.”

Well lets see how this pans out.

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Master Plan

Redeveloping BHCP

Free Concerts At BHCP Leading Up To BET Experience

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Eric Benet, Marsa Ambrosius, Candice Glover, RaVaughn, Eric Bellinger and more are set to headline free concerts at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Promenade starting May 31.  These concert are scheduled every Saturday leading up to this years BET Awards and BET Experience at LA Live.  Below is the media advisory I just received.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE AND MUSIC MATTERS TEAM UP WITH BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW
TO PRESENT THE ROAD TO THE BET EXPERIENCE CONCERT SERIES
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FREE, WEEKLY SATURDAY CONCERTS BEGIN MAY 31 AT 3 P.M.
FEATURING ERIC BENET, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, CANDICE GLOVER, DAY 26 AND MORE
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#BETX / #BETAWARDS / #BETXbhcp


LOS ANGELES, CA – May 23, 2014 – BET Networks and AEG today announced a partnership with Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in Los Angeles, CA to present an exciting, free weekly Saturday concert series beginning May 31 leading up to the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-ColaÒ June 27 – 29, 2014.  The concerts, free of charge and open to the public, conclude with a final performance on Saturday, June 21.

Just a few of the artists scheduled to perform include Eric Benet, Marsha Ambrosuis, “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, Day 26, RaVaughn, Eric Bellinger, Adrian Marcel, Dondria, Mila J. and more.  Be sure to visit www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com for the latest updates.

The road to BET Experience at L.A. Live presented by Coca-ColaÒ is guaranteed to be an exciting journey as the Los Angeles community gears up for the upcoming BET weekend that includes 3 nights of concerts at STAPLES Center and Club Nokia, a 2-day FREE fan fest, the Sprite Celebrity Basketball game, Genius Talks, live tapings of “106 & Park,” a Gospel showcase and more – all leading up to the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

“We’re thrilled to expand the impact of the BET Experience at L.A. Live to include a weekly concert series at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw,” said Paxton Baker, EVP and GM of Centric and BET executive in charge of BET Experience.  “We will showcase an exciting musical line-up featuring some of our Music Matters artists and a few surprises along the way on the Road to the BET Experience.”

“We are excited about our partnership with BET,” said Kenneth T. Lombard, Vice Chairman – Investments & Partner at Capri Capital Partners, the owner of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. “For the past five years, we‘ve strived to support our community through the BHCP Live! music series.  This year’s partnership with BET through The Road to the BET Experience and its highly-acclaimed Music Matters program is another example of our commitment to bring top-notch, free entertainment to our shoppers and our surrounding communities.”

BET Networks’ music initiative, Music Matters, has a history of showcasing rising stars across multiple platforms.  From hip hop’s Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, R&B’s Marsha Ambrosius and Elle Varner, and the elevating gospel of Mali Music and LeCrae, Music Matters is dedicated to connecting artists to their fans.

All concerts begin at 3 p.m. Outdoor seating on the promenade is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Single day tickets and 3-day package for STAPLES Center and Club Nokia concerts are all on-sale now. Single day STAPLES Center tickets are priced starting at $59.50, $99.50 and $149.50. The 3-day STAPLES Center Concert ticket packages are $199, $299 and $399. Tickets for the Club Nokia shows are on-sale now with prices ranging from $25 to $79.50. Tickets can be purchased at www.betexperience.com or at www.AXS.com.
To have exclusive access to the best seats and roll like a true VIP throughout the weekend, a limited number of VIP Packages are available. Both the Gold and Diamond VIP Packages include the only public access to purchasing “BET Awards” tickets.  Get the best of everything with the Diamond Package that includes hospitality throughout the weekend, a special “BET Awards” red carpet experience and much more!  Visitwww.betexperience.com/VIP for more information.

All information about the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-ColaÒ can be found at BETExperience.com.  Guests can purchase tickets, book exclusive hotel rates and sign up for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-ColaÒ newsletter to receive updates and announcements before they are available to the general public.  Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE
BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 27 – 29, 2014 presented by Coca-ColaÒ.   This three-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at Club Nokia and STAPLES Center; “106 & PARK” tapings in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE; BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; GRAMMY® Museum exhibits and other special appearances.  The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”
The BET AWARDS is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company.  The BET AWARDS franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year.  It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT MUSIC MATTERS
Launched in 2010, the BET Music Matters initiative highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour.  Music Matters has helped propel the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, J. Cole, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Elle Varner, K. Michelle, Eric Roberson, Big K.R.I.T., Emeli Sande’, Luke James, Stalley, Mali Music, Astro Kid and more.

ABOUT BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (BHC) is an 870,000-square-foot retail destination located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California.  Anchored by Macys, Sears and WalMart, with over 100 specialty stores, state-of-the-art cinemas and dining options, BHC has long been recognized as the hub of the surrounding communities. From a signature concert series known as BHCP Live!, monthly Kid’s Club and a weekly Farmers’ Market to the many public services offered at the mall, it is clear that BHC is more than just a place to shop, it’s a central gathering place for the local community.  BHC is entrenched in the local lifestyle, and is committed to making this neighborhood an even better place to live, work, shop and just BE! BHC has teamed up with several leading community partners to support a variety of worthwhile events throughout the year, and continue to support programming that reflects the history and interests of our local residents.

Grand Reopening of the Museum of African American Art

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The newly renovated Museum of African American Art will reopen on Sunday, June 1st, with an exciting new exhibit by Buena Johnson!  Enjoy live music, poetry, and light refreshments at our grand reopening!  Artist BUENA JOHNSON is widely recognized for her legendary jazz, blues, and gospel fine art as well as her many commissioned portraits.  The Museum of African American Art is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located on the 3rd floor in the Macy Building of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

 

GRAND REOPENING
SUNDAY, JUNE 1st
2:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Vicky’s Secrets Opening Up in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

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VICTORIA’S SECRET COMING TO BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW
The brand’s first South LA chain to open Fall 2014

LOS ANGELES (May 6, 2014) – Following the recent major renovation of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, another prominent brand will be added to the mall’s expanding lineup of top retailers and restaurants. Victoria’s Secret, the nation’s leading lingerie brand, will be opening their first store in South Los Angeles this fall.

The 8,509-square-foot store will be located on the ground floor of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (BHC), directly across from the main entrance. It will feature the brand’s newest store format, offering a full range of its signature lingerie loungewear and beauty products. The store will feature a combined Victoria’s Secret and PINK retail concept.

Victoria’s Secret will join a growing list of women’s apparel and beauty retailers at BHC, which currently includes Macy’s, Forever 21, Claire’s and Lane Bryant. The shopping center is planning a celebration for the grand opening of the store this fall, complete with giveaways.

“Our team is thrilled to have one of the world’s most recognizable fashion brands open a brand new storefront here at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw,” said Ken Lombard, Vice Chairman – Investments & Partner at Capri Capital Partners, the owner of the shopping mall. “We are proud to partner with top caliber tenants like Victoria’s Secret, which I am certain will be a popular addition to our growing roster of retailers.”

After undergoing a $40 million top-to-bottom renovation—the largest mall construction project in Los Angeles in 2011— BHC has reemerged as the one of the most popular malls in the city’s urban core. The upgrade included the addition of state-of-the-art movie theaters, over 100 specialty stores, several restaurants headed by some of the city’s leading chefs, a dining court with a seating area for children, a new outdoor promenade and updated signage and facilities throughout the property.

“We constantly strive to improve the shopping experience at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw by responding to feedback and working to bring in new retailers that our customers and the community want to see here at the mall,” said Sharron King, BHC General Manager. “We are confident that the addition of Victoria’s Secret will be very well received and that we’ll see long lines of customers in the new store come opening day this fall.”

About Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (BHC) is an 870,000-square-foot retail destination located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California.  Anchored by Macys, Sears and WalMart, with over 100 specialty stores, state-of-the-art cinemas and dining options, BHC has long been recognized as the hub of the surrounding communities. From a signature concert series known as BHCP Live!, monthly Kid’s Club and a weekly Farmers’ Market to the many public services offered at the mall, it is clear that BHC is more than just a place to shop, it’s a central gathering place for the local community.  BHC is entrenched in the local lifestyle, and is committed to making this neighborhood an even better place to live, work, shop and just BE! BHC has teamed up with several leading community partners to support a variety of worthwhile events throughout the year, and continue to support programming that reflects the history and interests of our local residents.

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is managed and leased by Primestor Development, Inc. Primestor is a full service commercial real estate firm specializing in the management, revitalization, and development of shopping centers in urban locations.

Convey Your Opinion On Kaisers Marlton Square Development

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Last week I attend a Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills community meeting focusing on the ‘coming soon’ Kaiser Permenante Medical Offices planned for a portion of Marlton Square.  There were alot of mixed emotions regarding the development, mainly on making sure the building is aesthetically appealing to the community.  Now you will have to email Damien Goodmon to get the details exactly but from what I was able to derive the plans that were/are being consider actually do not adhere to, I forget what the actual name was but basically a specific plan that lays out how development is to be done in ‘The District’.  Like I said, don’t quote, but its something to that degree.  I know a major problem that community touched upon was the large open space in the middle of the development VS the amount of parking lots.  One of the main arguements was that the green space should be in front of the building, with the building and two side parking lots pushed back.  Well take a look at the plans and formulate your opinions, then email them to Kaiser Permenante Project Representative, Skyler Denniston, Skyler.X.Denniston@kp.org.

Kaiser Permenante Marlton Square Development Plan

Baldwin Hills Relay 4 Life

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 Relay For Life of Baldwin Hills 24 Hour Cancer Walk, June 21 @ 9AM 5401 Fairfax Avenue, LA 90056 (Between Slauson & Stocker St.). We honor & Celebrate cancer survivors, Remember those affected by cancer and those who lost the battle and learn ways to Fight Back against cancer in our community.  Relay Fof Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk.  Teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track in honor of loved ones and friends battling cancer or survied cancer.  The day is filled with family-friendly food, games and activities providing entertainment and build camaraderie  Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Baldwin Hills 2014 Flyer

What is Relay 4 Life

SouthLA HOH: 3903 S Burnside Ave

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Located in Baldwin Hills, this spacious home  has a wonderful open floor plan and a  pool overlooking partial views of Century City! The remodeled kitchen features a large island and new professional stainless steel appliances refrigerator stove and dishwasher with apron sink. The home has been upgraded featuring new windows and stunning custom maple wood doors throughout. The original hardwood floors have been refinished in a rich Kona Coffee stain. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and is complete with an en-suite bath. The backyard patio area has had a complete make-over and is perfect for a fabulous spring pool.  All yours for $755,000.

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3903 S Burnside Ave