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Founder: Boutique Chain Undone by Legal Ties

RETAIL: Ross Fraser goes after former representation for collapse of his Kitson.

Kitson founder Fraser Ross says his former lawyers and chain’s ex-CEO busted his business and cost him millions.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rebuilding Blueprints

Specter of city of L.A. voter initiative that would impose construction restrictions for two years has spurred some property developers to speed up, reposition, or postpone projects.

Fear of a proposed initiative restricting construction projects has real estate firms redrawing their plans for the city of Los Angeles.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rental Rates Rise as Office Vacancies Dip

Office vacancy rates in Los Angeles County tightened slightly in the second quarter, with rental rates reaching record peaks.

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Yamashiro Restaurant in Hollywood Ready for Revamp

The future of Japanese restaurant Yamashiro in Hollywood is looking brighter following a period of flux after the property sold to a Chinese hotel company. The eatery recently reopened under new management by companies Boulevard Nightlife Group and Sugar Factory, which are planning upgrades to the space and the menu.

Philanthropy Builds Up At L.A. Mission

PCL Construction renovates restroom for Skid Row institution.

PCL Construction gives, and Los Angeles Mission receives, a new restroom.

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Design Studio Has New Plan For Property

Woo hopes to convert spare room at store into space for artists.

Design studio and boutique Woo pitches shop space as home for artistic pursuits.

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Buyer Pictures Plaza in Koreatown as Hot Spot

ACQUISITION: ArcWest’s deal for historic Chapman site valued at $53 million.

Seizing on Chapman Plaza’s appeal as a hip dining and nightlife scene, ArcWest Partners has purchased the Spanish revival-style marketplace in Mid-Wilshire.

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AEG Drops Planned LA Live Hotel Expansion

Anschutz Entertainment Group is abandoning plans to build a 755-room hotel next to its Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott tower at downtown’s L.A. Live. The move comes as AEG claims that a planned 1,000-room hotel to be developed by the city across the street infringes on its property rights.

AEG Drops Plans for DTLA Hotel

Anschutz Entertainment Group announced Tuesday that they are dropping plans for a 755-room high-rise Marriott hotel near Olympic Boulevard, the Los Angeles Times reports. The project came to a halt because of the city’s plans to modernize the convention center and include a 1,000-room on-site hotel, a project that would pose competition to AEG’s entertainment complex L.A. Live.

Buyer Thinking Small With Mid-Wilshire Pickup

ACQUISITION: Optimus moves into ‘microunits’ with $2.5 million deal.

Optimus Properties is jumping on the “microunit” trend with its new apartment building. The Century City real estate investment company paid $2.5 million for a Mid-Wilshire building where the 15 units range from 350 to 500 square feet.

Snapchat Bites into Silicon Beach Real Estate

Boasting a gaudy valuation north of $17 billion and more daily users than Twitter, Snapchat Inc. is the biggest unicorn on Silicon Beach. It’s also one of the hungriest consumers of real estate. In snapping up leases for offices and residential properties in Venice and Santa Monica, Snapchat is turning its beachside neighborhood into a sprawling urban campus.

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Playa Vista Land Sells for $83M in Auto Park Plan

Playa Vista’s last mega parcel has sold for $83 million to auto dealer Hooman Nissani who plans to build at least eight dealerships across its nine acres.

Co-Living Firm Squeezes ’Em In

HOSPITALITY: PodShare hopes tight space stacks up as business.

PodShare has found room in the temporary residential market with its low-cost shared spaces.

City Approves Hollywood Palladium Towers

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to allow construction of the Palladium Residences, which would bring two 28-story towers with 730 units to Hollywood.

Worker Falls to Death from Wilshire Grand

A construction worker fell to his death Thursday afternoon from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center in downtown.