Plans for new LA arena move forward

Plans for a new arena in Los Angeles have progressed after the city’s planning commission approved the wide-ranging Promenade 2035 project.

The $1.5bn (£1.2bn/€1.3bn) project includes a proposal for a 7,500-capacity venue with a partial roof or an enclosed 10,000-seat arena. The project is being led by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW).

The LA Daily News website reported that the City Planning Commission has approved the project on the condition that URW would be required to come back if any modifications are made to the plan. The project would be built in the Warner Center district of San Fernando Valley.

Promenade 2035’s website states that the new sports and entertainment centre would be “one of the most exciting elements” of the project. The multi-use venue would look to attract a range of events, with developers considering professional, youth and community sports, live concerts and performing arts.

It had originally been envisioned that a 15,000-seat stadium would form part of the plans, but LA Daily News notes that this was scaled down after city planners recommended a 7,500-seat arena instead.

The project also includes plans for residential units, shops, restaurants, office space and hotel rooms across a site that will span 24 acres.

In a statement reported by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Larry Green, executive vice-president of development for URW, said: “All of us at Westfield would like to thank the commissioners, city (of Los Angeles) staff and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield for their effort to keep projects and investment in our community moving forward and to ensuring that a diversity of voices are heard during this unprecedented time.

“The modified project reflects years of community input and discussion with our neighbours and valley stakeholders, and is in keeping with the goals of the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan.”

The project will now be put to the city’s Planning and Land-Use Management Committee and would then require full approval from the LA City Council.

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