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.
Since the beginning of the Westwood Business Improvement District, the Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA) has steadily improved the foundation for economic success in district. Our community is seeing the results from this effort. However, advancements are still needed as we prepare for the Metro Purple Line Extension and the 2028 Olympics.
In the past year, the WVIA has worked on parallel tracks to improve the vitality of our district through accomplishing short-term goals while also focusing on long-range strategies that share a common theme: enhancing Westwood Village as a destination.
Important short-term accomplishments include repairing and maintaining infrastructure, incorporating new efficiencies into our safety, maintenance, and homeless outreach programs, creating a new public recycling program, and hosting more events than ever. Our community has taken notice. Over two-thirds of respondents to a stakeholder survey we released this year are optimistic about the future of Westwood Village.
Equally crucial to the success of our district are long-term strategies that can improve our district’s status as a destination that can thrive in a City full of competitive options.
The WVIA is working to realize this goal in a number of ways including converting a vehicular street into a pedestrian-only plaza, systematically directing City Public Works crews per the Great Street Initiative, improving the management and leasing of our City-owned parking structure, advocating for improvements to local mobility, and advancing a City pilot program to return a portion of locally generated parking revenues back to our district to pay for important improvements. We are also again recommending changes to our Westwood Village Specific Plan, this time to the nearly 30-year old parking requirements that do nothing to add inventory to our district, but do contribute to vacancy.
The Metro Purple Line Extension construction and the upcoming 2028 Olympics add urgency to our efforts. Westwood needs to step forward and take advantage of the opportunity to affect change now, especially before round-the-clock work begins on the Wilshire Blvd. subway portals, which could potentially cause a slowdown in leasing activity.
2018 has been a year of tremendous accomplishments and progress, none of which would be possible without the dedication of our Board of Directors and the support of our stakeholders. Thank you for your support, and 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 7 years of Annual Reports.