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Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tallest building in the West is getting a makeover that will include a sky-high observation deck and restaurant offering 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles, from the mountains to offshore islands.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/1qdGVKH ) that the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower will see about $50 million worth of improvements, including an upgrade of the lobby.

The downtown tower's new owners hope to make the building a busy tourist attraction to rival New York's Empire State Building and Chicago's Willis Tower.

Singapore investor Overseas Union Enterprise bought the tower on West 5th Street for more than $360 million last year.

Market observers had speculated that some of the building might be converted to hotel or residential use, but OUE says it will remain an office building.

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

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