LA’s downtown isn’t the only one undergoing a major transformation, LA’s little brother Long Beach is also in the mitts of a construction boom. Downtown Long Beach has over 20 projects either already
under construction, or proposed for development. A few of the developments that will drastically change the image of Downtown LB will be a $250 Entertainment Center adjacent to the Queen Mary,
a 35 story Residential tower (set to be the new tallest tower for LB), a flashy new Civic Center , and remodel of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Curbed LA compiled a list of developments planned that has me pretty excited to see what DTLB will eventually grow into.
Queen Mary Development
New Civic Center
Aquarium of the Pacific
The new Hollywood Park Casino is nearing completion. The newly built Hollywood Park Casino will open this Fall and is expected to generate $2 million a year in city taxes. A dramatic glass entrance, similar to a Vegas style casino, dubbed the Cary Grant Pavilion will span 110,000 square feet and host 125 card game tables, simulcast wagering, a sports bar and restaurant (Century Bar & Grill), intimate lounge, gourmet café, and a 20 percent increase in high limit play. The new casino will have a sports lounge for card players and visitors to watch sporting events, larger game rooms and a multi level parking garage steps away from the entrance. This project is just one of numerous new business set to come in the only part of Inglewood being revitalized. I strongly hope that this development ties into the existing and community and other than widening century blvd for the Football games, I hope Mayor Butts has more beautification projects planned for the area.
The old casino will stay open until the new one opens this fall. An official grand opening is set for late October but doors of the gray one-story 110,000-square-foot building fronting Century Boulevard near Prairie Avenue will likely open earlier.
New Hollywood Park Casino Set To Open Fall
New Hollywood Park Casino Set To Open Fall 2016
I know we’ve been dazzled before with NFL talk [**cough**Farmers Field**cough**City of Industry**cough**Carson] however this Stadium in Inglewood may be really coming and the efforts from Stockbridge and the Owner of the St. Louie Rams are gaining more traction than I’ve seen from any of the other Stadium ideas (mainly because there’s an actual football team involved in the plans rather than just billionaire boy developers dreaming up ideas) So for some reason if you haven’t heard, the Hollywood Park Racetrack is being torn down and recreated into Hollywood Park Tomorrow. The developer of this currently under construction mega-project has partnered with the owner of the Rams to build a 80, 000-seat NFL Stadium and a 6,000-seat Entertainment Venue adjacent to the stadium. Now whats making this different than the other NFL Stadium ideas, beside the involvement of an actual football team, is that Stan Kroenke (the owner of the Rams) and Stockbridge are going to sidestep the usual pre-development process, which involves a lengthy environmental report, by putting the Stadium development on the Inglewood ballot. The issue lies in the zoning changes necessary that’ll make it legal to build a stadium on the site. If the planned stadium goes to a vote, Inglewood residents could be hitting the polls as soon as June to decide the stadium’s fate. There are also regulations on building tall buildings near the airport, therefore the developers plans to sink the stadium 100 feet into the ground, making it low enough to avoid the FAA study. The developers seem to have the communities support by collecting 20,000 signatures when only 8,400 were necessary. So all in all guys we might actually be getting a football team……FINALLY!
Curbed LA has the scoop on Inglewoods Stadium
Inglewood Putting Stadium on the Ballot
Senator Isadore Hall III on the Inglewoods Potential Stadium
Inglewood Stadium Developers Moving Along
A C Bilbrew Library of South Los Angeles is about to undergo $4.4-million transformation, slated to begin April of this year. Located at 150 East El Segundo Blvd, the 21,000-square foot facility will receive a drastic renovation/well needed improvements. I must stop and commend Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, this man does not take a break. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has made amazing strides for our community and should be praised and applauded for all his accomplishments. Lead by the Chair, The county Board of Supervisors approved $4.4-million plan to refurbish and update much of the interior and exterior of the library using environmentally friendly materials and sustainable design techniques. Workers will use recycled materials, incorporate energy-efficient lighting, cooling and heating systems and other consumption-reducing measures. They will also install new walls and custom cabinetry, replace the carpet and ceiling, and update the data systems and public restrooms.
The library was named after Madame A C Bilbrew, a community leader, poet, musician and deputy to the late Los Angeles County Supervisor James Hahn. She was also a radio pioneer, becoming the first black person in the country to have her own radio show. A C Bilbrew Library houses the Black Resource Center, which supports research and study on social, historical, musical and cultural aspects unique to the black experience. It has hosted the Los Angeles County Public Library system’s African American History Month Celebration since 1980.
A C Bilbrew Library to Receive Huge Renovation
A C Bilbrew Project Approved
You guys thought I was pulling your leg when I did the Rams are moving back to LA after Superbowl post, well I kid-you-not, LA Times just confirmed it, St. Louis Rams owner is building a football stadium on 60 acrese of land between the forum and the, under construction, Hollywood Park Tomorrow Development. LA Times has also blessed us with first conceptual design of the what the City of Champions Football stadium is to look like (pictured above). We all know that design get transformed several times before they actually break ground on a project, so don’t expect the stadium to look exactly like the rendering above however I think this gives us the main idea. As far as what I can see, there’s seems to be a large pedestrian/fan plaza directly in front of the stadium with another large body of water for the area ( the Hollywood Park Tomorrow Development has a huge lake in the middle of it with river leading to a lower lake, and I thought we were in a drought).
Rams owner Stan Kroenke, purchased the 60 acres a year ago, and has seemed to partner with the owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park developer, Stockbridge Capital Group. The plan is to add an 80,000-seat NFL stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue to the already-massive development of retail, office, hotel and residential space, Stockbridge and the Kroenke Group confirmed with The Times. The Inglewood site Kroenke bought last year is too small for a stadium and parking, but the deal with Stockbridge, the neighboring developer, provides ample space. The Rams have the option to to convert their lease in St. Louis to year-to-year, so I assume there gonna stay in St. Louie till the stadium is completed. The Rams declined comment on any plans to move to LA times but at this point its obivious whats going down.
BUY IN INGLEWOOD NOW WHILE PRICES ARE LOW!
Inglewood Property Value is about to SKYROCKET!!
Remember in 2012 I told yall there were plans to do a complete overhaul of the current Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, to bring the mall more out the street and make it more pedestrian friendly as well as add hotels and condos galore, well I wasn’t lying! Here are some conceptual designs of what the area is to come of and some are saying it may make the area a 24 hour community. With the stop at King and Crenshaw off the Crenshaw Line, an underground portal will connect the mall to the Crenshaw Line and I think Capri Capital Partners (mall owners and developers) wants to capitalize off that. They are planning to add over 2 million square feet of new retail, hotel, offices, condos, and apartment space, completely transforming the current image/idea of the mall. I believe these plans also incorporate developing Marlton Square as well. And At Santa Rosalia and Stocker, the plans is to put up a 12-story hotel tower with 400 rooms.
“Developers/mall-owners Capri Capital Partners are planning a separate “pedestrian-oriented retail village” where Stocker Street meets Crenshaw; it would have a collection of one- and two-story restaurants and stores grouped around a wide pedestrian paseo that would connect shoppers to the mall. The area would be liberally landscaped; from the renderings, it looks so similar to a Grove-like shopping center that you can almost hear the piped-in music. Though there are definitely pedestrian-friendly elements at work here, don’t fret, drivers: there will also be plenty of parking. Despite new subway access right at its front door, at MLK Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw, there will be 7,000 parking spots split between the two sections of the site.”
Well lets see how this pans out.
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Master Plan
Inglewood may be the new Brooklyn pretty soon. Inglewood is on roll with the Fabulous Forum renovation completed courtesy of Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Park Tomorrow ( I hate that name, this should have some reference to Inglewood, ie Inglewood Towne Center, Inglewood Block, etc) under construction, Townehouse coming to the previous site of the Daniel Freeman Hospital, some Football Stadium talk, and now much needed attention is being focused on Downtown Inglewood as the Crenshaw Line prepares to cut right thru downtown.
The large empty lot and market Street are the focus of some extreme development. The City of Inglewood has hired several developers to see who can put together the best idea for the the large empty parcel right at Florence and Market along with the rest of Market Street. The city is asking for ideas to incorporate pedestrian friendly shopping, mixed use buildings, residences, and “possibly” entertainment. This is awesome for the city Inglewood and proud such strides are being made to transform Inglewood into the world city it is. The city has selected 5 developers to see who can come up with best most functional idea to make Downtown Inglewood more pedestrian friendly and transit oriented.
The New Downtown Inglewood
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Wednesday May 28th 9:30am
The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center, with its bright floors and gleaming steel and glass picture windows, is ready for its close-up. On May 28, the doors will be opened for a ribbon cutting ceremony and public viewing. Whether it’s the high-tech specialized clinics such as the blood infusion bay for chemotherapy patients, the stroke rehabilitation suite or the oral surgery center, the MLK Outpatient Center promises to deliver the very best in preventive and primary care for residents.
“The main message coming out of this building will be that we can help you stay well and get well,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, deputy director Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
After nearly two years of construction, the $172 million-county-run center will begin serving the public on June 17. With approximately 70 specialty clinics offering a range of services from pediatric and obstetric care to orthopedics and neurology, the Outpatient Center is an important component of the county’s plan to deliver quality primary care and preventive services to keep people healthy.
There are five operating rooms for outpatient surgical procedures, in addition to rehabilitation services and a wide array of diagnostic services. The urgent care center will operate seven days a week, 16 hours-a-day for urgent needs.
New MLK Outpatient Center
Great Hall and New Tom Bradley Terminal
Imagine LAX with one central ‘Great Hall’. Well courtesy of Fentress Architects you can, here are the design concepts. LAX announce architectural vision design concepts for aircraft gates to accommodate current and next-generation aircraft (such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner) on the westside of Tom Bradley International Terminal and a new midfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Also attending the event will be invitees representing aviation and travel-tourism industry, airport employees, airlines, neighboring communities, businesses, etc.,D who participated in input meetings with the architectural firm. Design also call for a people mover!
Back in 2009 this was said:
LAX is embarking on its first major expansion since the building of TBIT in 1983 and Terminal One on 1984. The first phase, due for 2012 completion, calls for a massive international concourse directly to the west of the current Tom Bradley International Terminal. It will be connected via a bridge that two Airbus A380 Superjumbos can pass under simultaneously. The TBIT is currently being remodeled in advance of this program. The next phase, due later in the decade calls for a 2nd concourse linked to the first as well as an enlarged ticketing area just to the East of TBIT between T3 and T4 which will necessitate the removal of a parking garage. Eventually, an AirTram similar to JFK and Newark will connect the terminals to each other and the LA Metro Green Line. The American Eagle, American hanger, and Continental hangers will be removed. This spectacular new expansion will give LAX a facilities edge on the San Francisco Airport International Terminals which opened in 2001. This impressive model is located at the base of the old Control Tower. Note that the rest of the terminals remain largely unchanged, including the near original Terminal 3.
LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study
LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study (Doc)
Los Angeles World Airports
Even though SouthLA focusing on South Los Angeles and surrounding urban areas, I would love to shine some light on LA’s commerical core, Downtown. Now give or take 15 years ago Downtown was a desolate ghost town after 7pm, now its another thriving live, work, play area of Los Angeles. Well now there are several huge projects planned for Downtown. Due to the amount of projects I’m just going to list them, peruse at your leisure.
Korean Air’s New Super Tall Tower
888 Olive Tower
50 Story North South Park Tower
The New ‘Park Fifth’
New Skyscraper Going up in the Historic Core
First phase of Metropolis
Two Towers For 12th & Flower
23 Projects Slated 4 DTLA