Time is up to finish reading the 10,000 glorious pages of the Downtown NFL stadium draft environmental impact report and now it's on to the discussions before developer AEG releases its final EIR. This should be good! (As a reminder, the project includes the 72,000 seat Farmers Field and a new hall for the LA Convention Center.) The Ad Hoc Committee on Downtown Stadium and Convention Center Renovation (composed of city officials) met yesterday and provided a little feedback to AEG and the city planners who worked on the report. Most of the controversy at this point revolves around AEG's promise to make the project relatively environmentally friendly (which it has to do as a condition of a bill that fasttracks legal challenges brought against the project). Councilmember Bill Rosendahl today "asked the developer to make clear how it would minimize car trips to the stadium on game days and make firm commitments to create park-and-ride facilities and ticket bundling programs, which would include public transportation fares in game ticket packages," reports the LA Times. Meanwhile, one planner told the committee that AEG plans to encourage biking and "use as-yet undeveloped technology that would efficiently guide drivers to assigned parking spots downtown," according to the Daily News. Intriguing!
Meanwhile, Councilmember Ed Reyes reiterated that he wants a little more of a bone thrown to neighboring Pico-Union, requesting street improvements between it and the project. A final EIR should be out in July.
There's also more drama sure to come: as part of that legal fasttrack, AEG will have to engage in mediation with any groups filing grievances. Twenty groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, have asked for the meetings. And on top of all that, the huge and very lucrative E3 video game trade show (going on this week) is making noises about moving out of town if Farmers Field construction gets in their way.
· More specifics needed on NFL stadium plan, L.A. councilman says [LAT]
· Environmental report for NFL stadium in downtown L.A. blasted [LADN]
· Downtown NFL Stadium Details Revealed! Part One: The Traffic [Curbed LA]