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Officials supports monument status for LA Times buildings

LOS ANGELES — Three buildings the Los Angeles Times occupied for decades in downtown Los Angeles are getting closer to be granted historic cultural monument status.

The Times reported Wednesday that the city staff will support the proposal when the Cultural Heritage Commission meets next week to consider the issue.

The Office of Historic Resources says the buildings meet two of the required criteria for historic cultural monuments, including associations with figures in Los Angeles history and its architectural significance.

It could make it harder for current owner Onni Group to redevelop the former Times Mirror Square block if the application is approved by the City Council.

The Times moved its offices to El Segundo in July after Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong bought the newspaper.

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Information from: The Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/