LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to move forward with a back-up plan to expand and renovate the Convention Center without a football stadium.
Referred to by some officials as Plan B, the alternative Convention Center proposal (PDF) includes 300,000 additional square feet of exhibition space, additional meeting room space totaling about 75,000 square feet, and a new 45,000-square-foot ballroom, which would be the largest in the Los Angeles area, according to City Council documents.
Last Tuesday, a City Council committee and Mayor Eric Garcetti voiced support for the plan, which would effectively abandon a 2012 agreement between the city and developer Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). The agreement, which is set to expire in October, hinges on the city attracting a National Football League franchise to downtown LA.
Following the City Council vote, architectural firms will invited in the coming weeks to take part in a design competition. Three finalist firms will be selected by August and be given $200,000 each to develop and present their proposals for the 43-year-old facility.
KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports 9th District Councilman Curran Price said that while the NFL still has about four months to reach an agreement with the city and AEG, now the City Council has a fallback option.