Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck

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Updated: 7/16/2014 11:22 am

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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