A Community Vision:

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What are you doing to improve traffic in Inglewood?
  2. What is the community getting from this project?
  3. What kind of homes are you planning to build?
  4. Is the race track closing?
  5. What is going to be done for the employees of the race track?
  6. Will there still be gaming opportunities at the Casino?
  7. How are you addressing crime?
  8. Who are the potential retailers?
  9. What is happening to the Wal-Mart site?
  10. Will there be a school on the site?
  11. When will you break ground?
  12. Is the development in the flight path of LAX?
  13. Will this be a gated community?
  14. Will the parks be open for all citizens of Inglewood?
  15. What have you done to inform the community about this project?
  16. Why should I support this project?

1. What are you doing to improve traffic in Inglewood?

The Hollywood Park Tomorrow plan includes numerous improvements and upgrades to key intersections and street segments in Inglewood that will mitigate the project’s impacts and ease existing and future traffic flow. We plan on widening Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, the main thoroughfares adjacent to the project site, and will synchronize 19 signals at key intersections in Inglewood. Synchronizing signals is projected to improve intersection capacity by up to 15%. Hollywood Park Tomorrow’s design includes many pedestrian-friendly walkways and trails that weave throughout the property, encouraging residents to leave their cars behind.

2. What is the community getting from this project?

Hollywood Park Tomorrow is projected to create 19,000 construction and permanent jobs, provide a $2 billion direct investment in Inglewood, contribute over $100 million in tax increment to the Redevelopment Agency in the long-term and provide annual tax revenues to Inglewood that will support general fund expenditures for services like police and fire protection, libraries, parks and other programs. The project will also create four parks totaling 25 acres, of which 22.5 acres will be available for both residents and members of the greater Inglewood community to enjoy. These parks will feature tot lots, volleyball courts, dog parks, jogging and hiking trails as well as open playing fields. The 2.5 acre swim/tennis club will be available for residents only.

3. What kind of homes are you planning to build?

Hollywood Park Tomorrow’s three residential neighborhoods will include stylish homes along beautiful, landscaped, tree-lined streets with wide sidewalks. A collection of single-family homes, town homes and condominiums will feature a variety of architecture styles. Each home’s design includes windows and doors that overlook the landscaped roadways and parkways, making it easy for parents to watch over their children as they play outdoors and keeping the community safe for late-evening strolls. Residents of varying ages, incomes and lifestyles will enjoy four distinct park districts in a community setting that promotes an active lifestyle, interaction with neighbors and respect for the environment.

4. Is the race track closing?

Yes, the Hollywood Park Tomorrow plan will replace the race track, although we expect thoroughbred horse racing to continue at Hollywood Park in the 2009 season.

5. What is going to be done for the employees of the race track?

Every effort will be made to ensure that existing employees of Hollywood Park who wish to find jobs in the new development will be able to do so through our job placement and retraining programs. Also, many jobs at the race track will move with the thoroughbred horses to other tracks, enabling existing employees to continue working at other venues. Finally, the Casino will be renovated and its jobs will be retained.

6. Will there still be gaming opportunities at the Casino?

Yes. The existing Casino will remain in its current place and the Hollywood Park Land Company will invest tens of millions of dollars to complete an extensive renovation of the facility.

7. How are you addressing crime?

The safety of Hollywood Park Tomorrow residents and visitors is our number one priority. We plan on implementing several measures that will help make the community a safe and welcoming environment for people of all ages. Private security patrols will monitor the community and an Inglewood police sub-station will be located in the mixed-use portion of the site. Extensive lighting will be provided throughout the site including parking areas, sidewalks, streets and pedestrian paths. Where appropriate, 24 hour security will be implemented together with the most current technology in computerized security systems. Security cameras, emergency phones, alarms and intercoms will be installed for public assistance. Additionally, Hollywood Park Tomorrow is designed using the concept of “Eyes on the Street” so that each home includes windows and doors that overlook the beautifully-landscaped roadways and parkways, making it easy for parents to watch over their children as they play outdoors and keeping the community safe for late-evening strolls.

8. Who are the potential retailers?

Our goal is to attract the nation’s top retailers as well as successful local businesses to Hollywood Park Tomorrow. Plans call for a state-of-the-art multiplex theater with stadium seating. The retail district will include sidewalk cafés, sit down “white-tablecloth” restaurants, large anchor tenants and many smaller stores including brand name retailers and local businesses. The shopping district will be outdoors, and will stretch along a well-landscaped pedestrian promenade with Main Street charm and appeal.

9. What is happening to the Wal-Mart site?

The Wal-Mart site adjacent to Hollywood Park is not part of our project. We understand that Wal-Mart, which owns the property, has put it on the market to be sold.

10. Will there be a school on the site?

We are in discussions with the Inglewood Unified School District to bring an elementary school to the community. In the development plans for Hollywood Park Tomorrow, four acres have been set aside to accommodate this new public school. The school would be developed by Inglewood Unified School District and would be available to educate children living in Hollywood Park as well as the surrounding area. The school would also include joint-use opportunities so the entire community can use the library and other multi-purpose facilities after school hours.

11. When will you break ground?

First, the project needs to be approved by the Inglewood Planning Commission and City Council. We anticipate the proposed project will be considered for approval in the first part of 2009. Plans call for a phased development, beginning with the retail district, Lake Park and the residential district adjacent to the retail area. We expect full build-out to take between 5-8 years from the time construction begins.

12. Is the development in the flight path of LAX?

No, Hollywood Park is not in the flight path. However, a portion of the property is within what’s called the “noise zone” of LAX. To mitigate against airport-related noise, Hollywood Park Tomorrow plans to construct homes with accepted soundproofing measures, including double-paned windows, sound-rated doors and attic insulation. Furthermore, each home will be tested to ensure that the indoor noise level does not exceed the accepted standard of 45 decibels (dBA).

13. Will this be a gated community?

No. Hollywood Park Tomorrow will be a part of the Inglewood Community. There will be private security patrol as well as an Inglewood Police Department sub-station on site, to ensure that all of the residents of Inglewood can enjoy the amenities of this new community. That includes 22.5 acres of new public parks available to the public and a new outdoor retail center that will bring long-awaited new stores, a movie theater and cafés to the city.

14. Will the parks be open for all citizens of Inglewood?

Yes. The project will also create four parks totaling 25 acres, of which 22.5 acres will be available for both residents and members of the greater Inglewood community to enjoy. These parks feature tot lots, volleyball courts, dog parks jogging and hiking trails as well as open playing fields. 2.5 acres will be dedicated to the residences of this new community as a private aquatics/tennis club.

15. What have you done to inform the community about this project?

Inglewood residents have participated in discussions about the Hollywood Park Tomorrow plan and voiced their priorities and concerns for the new community over the past few years. We have hosted and taken part in a series of open houses, town hall and block club meetings throughout the City as well as meetings with civic and business organizations. The goal was to create a plan for Hollywood Park Tomorrow that meets the expectations of the surrounding community and represents the visions of Inglewood residents. We will continue to discuss our plans with local homeowners and business owners throughout the City’s public review and approval process and look forward to hearing more of your feedback on our plans for Hollywood Park Tomorrow. Several community meetings will be held between now and the Planning Commission meeting. The City has made the environmental impact report (EIR) available at public libraries and online. Also, we have created a new website (www.hollywoodparktomorrow.com) that provides additional information about the plans as well as opportunities to attend community meetings about the project.

16. Why should I support this project?

This plan brings substantial benefits to the City, including: a beautiful new retail center that will rival any retail center in Southern California; the revitalization of 238 acres in the heart of Inglewood; 25 acres of new parks; significant transportation investments that have been needed for decades; a new elementary school with joint public uses for the library and community center after hours; beautiful new homes for owners of various ages and incomes; the creation of an estimated 19,000 jobs through the construction and operation of Hollywood Park Tomorrow; and the establishment of a new annual stream of public revenue to support general fund expenditures like police and fire protection. This project is the culmination of over two years of outreach during which we met with hundreds of local residents and Inglewood community groups. We are confident this plan will meet the community’s priorities and exceed its expectations.