Housing and retail take shape next to Inglewood's SoFi Stadium Offices and a hotel are also planned


FEBRUARY 24, 2021, 7:00AM

STEVEN SHARP (Urbanize LA)

In September 2020, SoFi Stadium opened for NFL games - minus spectators - creating a new home for both the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. Aerial view looking northeast from Century and PrairieHunter Kerhart Architectural Photography The monumental $5-billion structure - by all accounts the most expensive sporting venue ever in the United States - sits at the center of a 300-acre mixed-use complex which rests on the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack. Just south of the stadium, developer Wilson Meany is now in the midst of construction on some of the first components of that larger project. At the northeast corner of Prairie Street and Century Boulevard, steel beams are now being put into place for a new retail center comprised of stores, restaurants, and open space. Per a project website, the initial phase of the open-air mall will feature approximately 160,000 square feet of rentable space. Publicly announced tenants include Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, Three Weavers Brewing Company, and Olympix Fitness. The project's architecture team - including BCV, AO, and Studio MLA - has developed designs for a series of low-rise structures linked by pedestrian arcardes and large open spaces. Plans also call for amenities fronting a manmade lake at the center of Hollywood Park. A later expansion of the project could add up to 340,000 square feet of additional retail and restaurant space, as well as a 300-room hotel on an adjoining site.

North of the retail complex, work is also underway for the first residential buildings at the Hollywood Park development - a pair of podium-type apartment buildings which will contain a total of 314 rental units.

Those low-rise structures are being designed by Hart Howerton and TCA Architects, and are expected to open concurrently with the retail center.

A full buildout of the Hollywood Park master plan could eventually include up to 2,500 residential units.

Immediately west of SoFi Stadium, construction is already complete for the first offices at Hollywood Park - a 200,000-square-foot campus for which will serve as the new home of the NFL Network, NFL.com, the NFL app, and NFL Redzone. Up to 300,000 square feet of additional office space, designed by Gensler, could be built sites now used for parking along the east side of Prairie Street.

The Hollywood Park development is perhaps the most visible example of a series of public and private investments made in Inglewood since 2012, when Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG) purchased The Forum for $23.5 million and converted historic arena into a concert venue. Four years later, word came that the NFL would return to Los Angeles after a more than two-decade absence. The Rams - and later the Chargers - would share the then-unbuilt SoFi Stadium. Just one year after the NFL's announcement, the Los Angeles Clippers signaled their intent to build a new arena on city-owned properties along Century Boulevard - directly across the street from Hollywood Park. That $1.2-billion complex is scheduled to break ground later this year, with opening expected in time for the 2024-2025 NBA season.

The City of Inglewood, in the hope of connecting the new sporting venues with rail transit, is also pursuing the construction of a 1.8-mile automated people mover system which would run between the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Hollywood Park.

SoFi Stadium, in addition to the neighboring Clippers development, has also sparked concerns of future displacement of longtime residents in Inglewood as a result of new investment attracted by the two sporting venues. As a response to those concerns, the City of Inglewood adopted a permanent rent control ordinance in 2019.


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