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Occidental Seeking to Sell Its Former L.A. Headquarters

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Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Occidental Petroleum Corp., the oil producer planning to spin off its California business by early next year, is seeking to sell a 15-story Los Angeles building that once served as its headquarters.

The company, which occupies 64 percent of the property, is scheduled to vacate the space in the second quarter of next year, according to marketing materials from Eastdil Secured LLC, the listing brokerage. The building, at 10889 Wilshire Blvd. in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, has 311,000 square feet (29,000 square meters) of space.

Occidental said in February that its operations in California would become a separate publicly traded company in one of the final steps of a breakup plan. The building has been put up for sale as a result of the petroleum producer relocating its headquarters to Houston, said Melissa Schoeb, an Occidental spokeswoman.

Tenants at the property, designed by architect Claud Beelman, also include City National Bank and the Hammer Museum, which has an option to buy the building at a fixed price in 2021, according to the marketing materials. The price wasn’t disclosed. Should the option be exercised, the next owner would be able to lease back more than 200,000 square feet.

Comparable buildings in the area would sell for $700 to $750 a square foot, according to a person with knowledge of Occidental’s plans. The Occidental building probably will sell at a discount to that because of the Hammer Museum’s option, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public.

Jay Borzi and Steve Silk, Eastdil agents listed on the marketing materials, didn’t return calls seeking comment on the listing.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nadja Brandt in Los Angeles at nbrandt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kara Wetzel at kwetzel@bloomberg.net Daniel Taub, Christine Maurus

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