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LOS ANGELES-Developer Robert J. Maguire III has hired renowned architect Frank O. Gehry to design at least part of the commercial real estate component of the big Playa Vista mixed-use complex on the Westside.

Gehry’s Santa Monica-based firm has worked on commercial properties before. But the architect himself is best known for designing high-profile public buildings that include the Disney Concert Hall, which is now under construction in Downtown LA.

In a related announcement, Maguire says he’ll pay $90 million to Playa Vista owner Playa Capital Corp. to acquire the 60 acres that architect Gehry will plan. At least four Gehry-designed buildings will rise on the site, which entertainment giant DreamWorks SKG once eyed before canceling its studio-building plans in 1999.

Construction of the first Gehry-designed building at Playa Vista will begin around October 2002, Maguire says. The first will rise on a parcel at Jefferson Boulevard and Centinela Avenue, adjacent to Culver City.

When completed several years from now, the 1,087-acre Playa Vista development is expected to include 13,000 homes, 750 hotel rooms and 5.1 million sf of commercial space. The project’s master developer, Playa Capital Corp., is a partnership of investment giants Goldman Sachs, Oaktree Capital Management and Union Labor Life Insurance.

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