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Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall to be sold to New York developers

The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles as seen from the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)</span>
The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall in Los Angeles as seen from the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

New buyers have emerged for Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, a sprawling regional mall that has been a focal point of the South Los Angeles community since shortly after World War II but has struggled for business in recent decades.

New York real estate companies LIVWRK and DFH Partners have been selected by the current owners to acquire the 40-acre property at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, the sellers said.

The sale is expected to close before the end of the year. No price was disclosed, but offers to buy the mall earlier this year, including one from Los Angeles developer CIM Group, exceeded $100 million.

CIM Group agreed to buy the mall in April but backed out of the deal

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Middleburg approves new Pearl Road shopping plaza preliminary design

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — Business owner Heepal Patel will be bringing an impressive new shopping center to Pearl Road in Middleburg Heights.

Planning Commission on Sept. 23 unanimously approved the preliminary design for The Plaza on Pearl, a development to be constructed at 7168 Pearl Road. It will have India Grocers as the anchor business and other tenants occupying new storefronts alongside.

Patel has operated India Grocers in Parma Heights since 1994, but the store has outgrown its current space. The new location is situated between Get Air indoor trampoline park and Maserati of Cleveland.

“Our initial idea for this project was that we could create a larger store we very desperately need,” Patel explained, noting his “very, very loyal customer base” travels great distances to shop there. “But we had a grander idea to capitalize on those out-of-town customers by building more tenant space and giving the local

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