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Historic Century Plaza Hotel Spared from Wrecking Ball

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Threatened with demolition in late 2008 and named as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2009, the Century Plaza Hotel was saved, it was announced today. Owners Next Century Associates had proposed a project that would end in the demolition of the hotel to make way for a mixed use project comprising hotel, residential, office, retail, public plazas, and open space, raising red flags for preservationists.

"How is the demolition of a 40-year-old, fully functioning building environmentally responsible?" asked Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, when plans about the project surfaced. "It boggles the imagination to think a developer could propose tearing down a newly renovated, thriving hotel - a landmark of modern architecture - and replace it with new construction."

Soon it became a war of words with Next Century fighting back: "We are disappointed to see the Century Plaza Hotel politicized in this way, particularly at a time when the City of Los Angeles is suffering from extreme economic hardship and is in dire need of new jobs. The naming of the hotel as an historic place is not supported by the facts."