WCC is delighted to welcome Jim Brooks, President of Topa Management Company, as our special guest who will be making a special presentation to our Council at tonight’s Board meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. May 16, 2016 in the Community Room of Belmont Village Westwood at 10475 Wilshire Blvd. 90024.
Jim Brooks leads the company that is the largest commercial property owner and landlord in Westwood Village. Jim has been directly responsible for bringing many of the most exciting and high quality new retail and restaurant tenants to Westwood Village. These include: Sur La Table, Paper Source, Francesca’s, the recently opened MAC cosmetics, the expanded “his and hers” Urban Outfitters, KazuNori, Sweetfin Poke, Jimmy John’s, the expanded Native Foods, and more. Other Topa tenants in the Village include: 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, TLT Food, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Corner Bakery Cafe, Headlines Diner & Press Club, Victoria’s Secret, T-Mobile, Citibank, European Wax Center, The Tanning Boutique, GFA Architects, UCLA Extension, and the Westwood Village Synagogue, among others.
Notably, Jim also championed and personally oversaw the sweeping historic restoration of the 1930 Shepard Mitchell Building, now called the Kinross Cornerstone Building. This spectacular historic restoration project was honored by the Los Angeles Conservancy with its prestigious 2017 Historic Preservation Award earlier this month.
Jim also serves as Vice Chair of the Westwood Village Improvement Association Board of Directors (WVIA), the Business Improvement District for Westwood Village. He also chairs its Clean Safe and Beautiful Committee, which oversees the maintenance and improvements to our Westwood Village sidewalks, street trees, twinkle lights, and other physical infrastructure in the Village, as well as the BID’s homeless outreach services. Additionally Jim serves on the BID’s Executive Committee and its Business Attraction and Retention (BAR) Committee.
In Fall 2013, Jim played a pivotal role in supporting the Hammer Museum’s innovative “Arts ReSTORE L.A.” curated retail pop-up event. With Jim’s strong support, along with that of the Anderson Family, Topa provided to Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin and her staff all but one of the retail storefronts needed for that highly creative month-long arts initiative.
This will be an opportunity for you to hear directly from Jim about the current plans and future vision for Westwood’s largest retail and restaurant portfolio.