The City of Los Angeles has issued a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Convention and Event Center in downtown. According to the city’s Notice of Availability (NOA), the project will increase the center’s current 1.8 milion square feet to a total of 4.1 million square feet. The program will include modernization of the existing Convention Center, demolition of the existing West Hall exhibition building, and construction of a New Hall over Pico Boulevard. A new Event Center, intended as a multi-purpose entertainment and sports venue and future home to the long debated Los Angeles football team, will be constructed in place of the demolished West Hall. Additional parking garages will also be built to support the expanded center, increasing the available spaces to 6,670. The comment period on the draft EIR ends Monday, May 21.
Stadium architect Gensler, Convention Center hall architect Populous, Gilbert Lindsay designer Melendrez, and parking structure architects HNA make up the project team, led by developer AEG. Earlier this month, the team released a 3D architectural fly-through video of the project.
First image from Notice of Completion and Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Report, April 5, 2012, Figure 3.
Second image YouTube embed by license of YouTube.