LA City Council OKs plans to build South LA mall

The Los Angeles City Council today approved plans to build a 6.5-acre shopping mall in South Los Angeles, a project that has been stalled for about 20 years.

This is the third time the council has signed off on the project. Previous approvals were rescinded because of legal challenges.

The project calls for building the Slauson Central Retail Center — which will include various stores, a supermarket, drugstore and job training site — at the corner of Slauson and Central avenues.

Supporters say the project will create construction jobs and retail jobs, and provide an economic boost to a blighted neighborhood.

But one of the former owners of the property, Stanley Kramer, vowed through his lawyer to continue fighting the development.

The Community Redevelopment Agency seized the 72-year-old scrap metal entrepreneur's land — for which he paid $4 million — through eminent domain, and he has filed several lawsuits to try to prevent the shopping mall from being built.