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Developer Gerald Wolkoff stands on property owned by Heartland where he proposes Heartland Town Square, a $4-billion minicity in Brentwood. (Feb. 16, 2011)(Credit: Ed Betz)

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Gerald Wolkoff stood on the steps of an old brick water tower in Brentwood, looking over a bleak expanse of fields and trees, and sketched out his vision. A 20-story office tower. A walkway canopied by old-growth oaks. Boutiques topped by apartments. Restaurants and plazas. And an artists’ colony clustered around a striking brick power plant that once served the country’s largest psychiatric hospital and would now become a late-night spot for food, drinks and music. --Jennifer Maloney