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The Westfield Century City mall, which currently provides three hours of gratis parking to patrons and is reportedly the only free parking structure in Century City, will soon begin charging. The change was approved by the Los Angeles Planning Commission in August but the earliest the mall could start enforcing it is fall of 2013.
Katy Dickey, a spokesperson for Westfield, told Patch that the new rates would be "consistent with and comparable to similar centers in similarly dense areas." Vague enough for you? Mall senior general manager Phillip St. Pierre echoed her statement, saying that the cost would be "considerate" of customers.
The reasoning behind the fee seems to be the abuse of the structure by non-mall patrons and is a move by the mall to decrease congestion and ensure that parking remains available to all its customers.
· Westfield Century City to End Free Parking [Century City Patch]