LOS ANGELES (AP) — The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/1qdGVKH ) that the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower will see about $50 million worth of improvements, including an upgrade of the lobby.
The downtown tower's new owners hope to make the building a busy tourist attraction to rival New York's Empire State Building and Chicago's Willis Tower.
Singapore investor Overseas Union Enterprise bought the tower on West 5th Street for more than $360 million last year.
Market observers had speculated that some of the building might be converted to hotel or residential use, but OUE says it will remain an office building.
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