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Planner Confirms Hollywood Park Future In Jeopardy

Friday, 12th December 2008

In California, Hollywood Park's "demise is outlined in a 244-page development plan at the Planning Commission for the city of Inglewood," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. "Like the heroes portrayed in movies made just a few miles away, Hollywood has escaped certain demise before. The current owner's plan to develop mixed-use real estate on the site, however, continues to move forward." Chris Jackson (a planner with the city of Inglewood) confirmed "ground could be broken on the project as early as the 4th quarter of 2009." Those plans include "the end of racing, demolition of the one-million-square-foot grandstand & other racing structures & construction of retail, office & residential properties." The mixed-use development "calls for the 238-acre site to be transformed into a compact, walkable, mixed-use community where residents can live, shop & enjoy recreation. The 2 current in-field lakes would be relocated as part of a 25-acre park. The plan also could include a school, library or community centre." A first draft of the required environmental impact report "has been completed & public comment is being accepted before the final report is presented." Hollywood Park is owned by Bay Meadows Land Co (which purchased the track from Churchill Downs for US$257.5 million in September 2005).

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