Mall Merit: The $215 million Westfield Topanga Mall expansion and renovation project has received a merit award in the International Council of Shopping Centers' design competition. The project will now be eligible for the Best of the Best award to be given in May.
Building Bought: Winter Holding LLC has bought a Studio City apartment complex for nearly $1.73 million from Camrose LLC. The eight-unit building is at 11747-11753 Moorpark St.
Lease Deal: Law firm Koppel Patrick Heybl & Dawson has signed a seven-year lease with Duesenberg Investment Co. for office space in Westlake Village. The 7,957-square-foot space is at 2815 Townsgate Road.
Asian Spin: Capstone Turbine Corp., a Chatsworth maker of microturbine energy systems, has signed a distribution agreement with Singapore-based Sobono Energy Private Ltd. Sobono will have rights to distribute Capstone programs in Southeast Asia.
Speaking Up: Video game publisher THQ Inc. has announced that actors Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Hopper have been signed to provide voice-acting for "Deadly Creatures." In the action-thriller game for the Wii system, players control an armored scorpion and deadly tarantula battling enemies in a desert environment.
Historic Apartments: Sebren Development has sold a 72-unit apartment building in Koreatown to a private investor for $7.53 million. The six-story complex, at 854 S. Oxford Ave., was constructed in 1929 and is a registered historic landmark in the city of Los Angeles.
Office Space: Internet bandwidth services provider Cogent Communications Inc. has signed a $3.3 million lease for seven years at Telecom Center LA. The office space, at 530 W. Sixth St. is 8,408 square feet.
Trojan Dining: USC Hospitality has opened McKay's, a new off-campus restaurant that includes a bar and lounge. The restaurant, located in the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at 3540 S. Figueroa St., is named after the late John McKay, former USC football coach.
Pizza Served: Century City-based restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen has signed a 10-year lease to open a branch in the Bridgeport Marketplace shopping plaza. The deal for the 5,964-square-foot retail property
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Multifamily Move: Private investors group Avirom Realty Brokers has sold a multifamily building in Alhambra for $6.78 million. The 41,786-square-foot at 401 E. Bay State St., has 42 units on three stories. The buyer was not identified.
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Family Feted: Long Beach-based Farmers & Merchants Bank was presented with the Longevity Award at the 2008 Family Owned Business Awards Luncheon, where it was lauded for its many achievements spanning five generations of the Walker family. The luncheon was hosted by the Orange County Business Journal and California State University Fullerton's Family Business Council.
Public Access: Satellite TV service DirecTV has begun rolling out local Public Broadcasting Service channels in high definition across the United States, including major markets Los Angeles and New York. DirecTV plans to add 14 more markets by February.
Firm Expansion: Westwood-based law firm Richardson & Patel LLP has launched an Economic Solutions Group for its clients to address concerns in the current economic environment. The firm specializes in corporate securities, litigation and bankruptcy.
Let There Be Light: Angstrom Lighting, a Hollywood lighting and lighting effects supplier, has completed the first phase of the exterior lighting design at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The second and final phase is scheduled to be completed in February and will include a treatment for the hotel's patio.
Web Presence: Dogeared Jewels & Gifts, a Culver City-based retailer specializing in handcrafted jewelry, has marked its second anniversary by launching a newly redesigned Web site, Dogeared.com, with upgraded e-commerce features. Dogeared was founded in 1991.
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