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Free Parking Ends Today at Westfield Century City

The mall will end its free parking policy, in place since 1988, on Friday. Westfield Culver City still has free parking.

If you're headed to Westfield Century City mall today, it might be a good idea to bring some extra cash.

The mall officially dumps its three-hour free parking policy Friday and will start charging customers to use what is currently the only free parking structure in Century City.

Shoppers will pay $1 per hour for the first three hours, $1 for every 15 minutes after, and $24 for five or more hours. Mall-goers who show receipts for $250 or more spent that day will get free validated parking.

AMC will validate five hours for $4. Gelson's will also validate.

The new fees are being implemented in part to help offset the cost of a new $30 million parking garage at the mall, according to a Westfield press release.

The mall has offered free parking since 1988, according to a Planning Commission report. There are currently no plans to charge for parking at Westfield Culver City.

Many shoppers have told Patch they won't shop at the Century City mall if parking rates increase. Will the new charges impact your shopping habits? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Sarah February 01, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I will not be going to Westfield Century City any more. I used to go to the AMC a lot, but if I have to pay extra for parking, I'd rather just go to the Grove. Also, no more shopping and frozen yogurt for me. And really, you can't validate at an upscale restaurant like Obika? You guys are going to lose a lot of business.
Bella February 01, 2013 at 11:52 PM
I was at the mall today. Horrendous. I paid $3 to park for just under 3 hours. Problem was it took over 20 minutes to get out because of the lines of people refusing to pay or just slowed down by the new rule. I ended up paying another $1 on my credit card for the wait. What a joke. Not worth it!
Bella February 01, 2013 at 11:53 PM
PS: I had an $18 lunch and bought a $145 pair of jeans. Never again.
Jay T February 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM
'EFFF' Westfield and their parking fee. THEY need to cover the cost of having shoppers come and spend money at their mall... Period.
CulverCityNative February 26, 2013 at 05:43 PM
They've lost my business. There and the Century City "mall". Forget it. In WLA there are so many places to shop, why should anyone have to pay those crazy rates. Oh, well of course there is CC's (and LA too) crazy metered rates, AND the funniest thing of all, is metered spots in and around DT CC that max out at one hour. You can't park your car, walk to a restaurant, eat, walk back to your car in that amount of time.

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