The Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA) Is A Non-Profit Business Improvement District (BID) Organization.
Our mission it is to make Westwood Village a clean, safe and friendly place for the community through maintenance, security and enlivening programs. The WVIA shall lead the District by taking positions on district-wide short and long term opportunities, and considering matters such as city planning and zoning, parking, events and other services that promote increased tenant recruitment and retention, business, values and investment.
It is an exciting time to be in Westwood, and expectations in our community are high. To respond, the Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA) has broadened its scope to provide the leadership necessary to best position our district through 2017 and into the future.
The core mission of the WVIA remains to make our district a clean, safe, and welcoming place for our visitors and businesses. This important work also provides the foundation for investment and development. However, upcoming events have focused the WVIA’s attention on future opportunities that require planning today. I am referring to the Metro Purple Line Extension and the 2028 Olympics.
The future subway portals on Wilshire Blvd are expected to be among the busiest hubs in the City. It is imperative that the Purple Line Extension be completed in a manner that benefits Westwood. The portals must match our unique character, they must be clean, and they must be safely accessible. This last point is primarily why the WVIA is advocating for a third portal to be built on the south side of Wilshire Blvd. Asking thousands of riders to consistently queue and then cross from the north side of Wilshire Blvd, especially during peak transit times, is simply not safe.
To further prepare for the people the subway will deliver to us, and for the attention we will receive from UCLA’s hosting of the 2028 Olympic Village, the WVIA is focusing on improving the economic vitality of our district. To this end, the WVIA is recommending the Westwood Village Specific Plan (WVSP) be amended to encourage leasing for food uses, in particular the fast casual restaurants that are changing the way the world eats. The WVSP is dated and did not account for changes in the restaurant industry. As a result, we have fallen behind our competitors, and added vacancy.
In addition to focusing on long-term issues, the WVIA has been busy managing day-to-day improvements in our district. To borrow from Mayor Garcetti, the WVIA has adopted a “back to basics” approach that is both deliberate and goal-oriented. In January 2017, three of the WVIA Board sub-committees determined their priorities for the year and have been systematically checking off accomplishments. Highlights of our progress are detailed in this report.
2016-2017 has been a terrific year. None of our achievements would have been possible without the dedication of our Board and the support of our stakeholders. We look forward to your continued commitment as we work to deliver on the promise of this great district.
Click on the links below to view the previous 6 years of Annual Reports.