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NFL IN LA: AEG’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR) FOR FARMERS FIELD, PART 2

NFL in LA Farmers Field Wing Stadium Gensler Footballphds 3By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Part 2 of 3 | Last week, footballphds.com began to dissect AEG's Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Farmers Field and Pico Hall.  Hard copies of the 10,000 page EIR are available to the public for review at the Department of City Planning, Central Library, Exposition Park Regional Library, and Pico Union Branch Library.  Of course, the EIR is of a technical nature and hardly compelling reading for most.  Accordingly, footballphds.com has delved into the EIR so that our Wonderful Readers will not have to do so.  Today, we highlight fifty-eight key points of the EIR--including our personal favorite at #47--before wrapping up the dissection next week with our own analysis of the project. 

 

Land Use

 

1. Single-family and multi-family residences west of the 110 freeway in the communities of Pico-Union and Westlake would not be adversely affected. 

 

2. The development of Famers Field and Pico Hall would be consistent with current land use in the area, meaning that the projects would not significantly alter the existing mix of businesses and buildings.

 

3. The development would be consistent with the City of Los Angeles Framework Element, meaning that development would reinforce a centralized location in Los Angeles and would be in line with the City's bicycle plans, public transit plans, and walkability objectives.

 

Transportation

 

4. The EIR makes assumptions about transportation, including the following:

 

Table 1: Patrons attending Farmers Field Events per EIR Assumptions     

 

Weekday Events

Weekend Events

Walking or biking from downtown residences, hotels, businesses

5,040 patrons

 

7% of total patrons

 

2,520 patrons

 

3.5% of total patrons

Public transportation

14,400 patrons

 

20% of total patrons

 

10,800 patrons

 

15% of total patrons

Driving

52,560 patrons

 

19,467 cars (~2.75 patrons per car)

 

73% of total patrons

58,680 patrons

 

19,560 cars (~ 3 patrons per car)

 

81.5% of total patrons

 

 

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5. 11 traffic intersections would be affected by traffic on Sundays before the game.  18 intersections would be affected on Sundays after the game.  (Note: footballphds.com uses "game" and "event" interchangeably for simplicity's sake.)

 

6. 31 traffic intersections would be affected by traffic on Saturdays before the game.  36 intersections would be affected on Saturdays after the game.

 

7. 77 traffic intersections would be affected by traffic on weekdays before the game.  9 intersections would be affected on weekdays after the game.

 

8. Traffic on the Pico-Union neighborhood would be potentially significant.

 

9. 4 freeway segments would be impacted by traffic on Sundays before the game.  9 segments would be affected on Sundays after the game.

 

10. 6 freeways segments would be impacted by traffic on Saturdays before the game.  13 segments would be affected on Saturdays after the game.

 

11. 13 freeway segments would be impacted by traffic on weekdays before the event.  3 segments would be affected on weekdays before the event.

 

12. $1.6 million would be spent through by Los Angeles Department of Transportation, LAPD, Caltrans, and other transportation agencies to install signs, freeway onramp meters, and other traffic management measures. 

 

13. $2.4 million would be spent by Los Angeles Department of Transporation, LAPD, Caltrans, and other transportation agencies to a lane to the westbound 101 freeway between the 4-level interchange and Alvarado Street.

 

14. Farmers Field will include a traffic Field Operations Center that will be staffed by the LAPD, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Metro, and Caltrans for coordinating and managing transportation and parking issues during events. 

 

15. AEG would contribute $250K for bicycle transportation upgrades.  (Note: footballphds.com uses "AEG" to actually mean the LA Event Center LLC and LA Convention Center Hall LLC, which are the legal entities constructing Farmers Field and Pico Hall respectively.)

 

16. AEG would contribute $750K for a car-share program.

 

17. Farmers would have 12 electric vehicle charging stations.

 

18. AEG will have to provide priority parking spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles.

 

19. AEG will contribute $10 million to improve the Pico Metro Station.

 

20. AEG will contribute up to $1.2 million to install Changeable Message Signs, which are essentially electronic message boards. 

 

21. AEG will contribute up to $500K for fixed signage.

 

22. AEG will contribute up to $325K for traffic and parking signage for Pico-Union.

 

23. Reversible lanes are not feasible and will not be done.

 

24. Roadway widening is not feasible and will not be done except at a few locations including Los Angeles Street at 17th Street near the 10 westbound off-ramp.

 

25. AEG will be responsible for various re-striping of lanes and streets, including Blaine Street at the 110 Southbound off-ramp, Blaine Street at 11th Street, and 17th and 18th Streets at Grand Avenue.

 

26. AEG shall install or fund the upgrade of signal controllers at 73 intersections.

 

27. AEG shall install or fund Closed Circuit TV Cameras at 9 intersections.

 

Parking

 

28. AEG shall provide 1,112 additional parking spaces through the construction of two parking structures.

 

29. AEG shall provide 250 new bicycle parking spaces and a bicycle valet parking system.

 

30. Overall, 39,086 parking spaces would exist at LA Live and the surrounding lots, which is a reduction of 3,836 spaces due to pending development plans on current parking lot sites. 

 

31. AEG shall contribute $1 million to the ExpressPark Program and then $100K per year for three years.

 

32. AEG shall arrange remote parking as needed including at USC/Exposition Park. 

 

Project Design

 

33. Farmers Field and Pico Hall will be designed to have less than significant impacts on natural late and shading.

 

34. Increased nighttime lighting would occur during construction and thereafter glare impacts would be unavoidable once Farmers Field gets built.

 

Noise

 

35. Construction noise would exceed thresholds in daytimes and evenings. 

 

36. Farmers Field crowd noise would exceed thresholds in daytimes and evenings during events.

 

37. Helicopter noise would exceed thresholds during events. 

 

Air Quality

 

38. Excess cancer burden of less 0.1 in a million would blanket the residences located north of Farmers Field.

 

39. Primary source of air toxins would be from diesel via delivery trucks, backup generators, and charbroilers.

 

40. 54,985 metric tons of carbon dioxide gases would be generated during construction.

 

Geology and Soils

 

41. Effects on geology and soil would be limited to the immediate project site and overall be less than significant. 

 

42. No additional earthquake influence will be caused.  (This is seriously in the EIR, Wonderful Readers.)

 

Water

 

43. Risk of flooding is low. 

 

44. Construction impacts on water quality would be less than significant.

 

45. Farmers Field and Pico Hall would have less than significant impacts on water quality and groundwater.

 

Cultural, Historical, and Archaeological

 

46. No historical landmarks will be affected. 

 

47. Prior to demolishing West Hall of the Convention Center, a photographer will be required to take 35 mm, black and photos of West Hall for recordation of historical buildings.  The photographs will be submitted to Central Library.  (The FOOTBALLPHDS recommend our talented photographers, Edwin Jimenez and Stanton Jack, as the photographers of record.  Yes, the FOOTBALLPHDS will be voicing this preference to AEG and the City of Los Angeles shortly.)

 

48. There are no archaeological concerns.

 

Crime

 

49. AEG shall finalize a Comprehensive Security Plan in conjunction with LAPD and with consultation from Caltrans, LAFD, CHP, Sheriff's Department, and MTA.

 

50. AEG and LAPD will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that will detail LAPD support staffing for Farmers Field. 

 

Fire

 

51. LAFD will participate in a Comprehensive Security Plan and staff a Unified Command Center.

 

Utilities

 

52. Water conservation measures will include high-efficiency toilets, low-flow public faucets, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency irrigation systems, hydro-zoning, and other measures.

 

53. AEG wil construct a local sewer line.

 

54. During construction, 986,026 tons of debris would be produced.

 

55. 20% of all building materials will consist of recycled content or will be manufactured regionally. 

 

56. Annually, Farmers Field would consume 20,203 MWh of electricity. 

 

57. Annually, Pico Hall would consume 10,267 MWh of electricity. 

 

58. Annually, the two parking structures would consume 3,072 MWh of electricity.

 

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Earlier this week, footballphds.com explored USC's Master Lease for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  Yesterday, LA Times continued its excellent investigative work detailing the corruption within the Coliseum Commission and its affiliates.  Our three favorite points from the City Controller's audit of the Coliseum Commission include:

 

1. $870K was sent to South America for soccer matches that were never held.

 

2. A stadium staffer was paid for working 25 hours--in a single day.

 

3. A Coliseum General Manager was given $125K annual bonuses for several years--without undergoing performance reviews.

 

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  1. This was the most boring thing I’ve ever read so I can imagine how boring the actual EIR is.

    • Reading this made Jose’s mom go to sleep and now I can’t get busy with her.

    • I imagine it’s those who are too “bored” to actually read the EIR who are most vehemently against the proposed development. It certainly seems that way based on the misconceptions I’ve read here and other places.

  2. Placing Farmers Field in DTLA is the environmental, polution and traffic equivalent of placing a wild grizzly bear in nursing home. Nothing good will come of it. The convergence of people traveling on the 5, 101, 10 and 110 to get to Farmers will be nightmarish. The ensuing traffic bottleneck at the Four Level will essentially gridlock the city. I pity the residents of the surrounding area who will be directly impacted by the influx of commuters in and out of their neighborhoods. Unlike USC and the Coliseum which are immediately accessible from the 110, the position of Farmers does not allow for easy freeway offramp access.

    The EIR is an outline of how corporate America buys governmental support at the expense of the elected official’s constituents. I highly doubt the Majestic project is any friendlier in terms of its impact on the community and environment it is supposed to benefit.

    • I totally agree, Greg! We need more God in our lives! Then the Coliseum scandal would not have happened. Profits without morality is a sad world.

    • Greg, how is it that USC/Coliseum are perfectly fine traffic-wise in your estimation, but Farmers Field will lead to a city wide apocalypse? The Coliseum is “immediately accessible” from the 110, but Staples Center/Farmers Field aren’t? I can’t tell if that’s just lazy thinking or a GPS gone awry.

      • There are 7 multi level parking structures on or around the USC campus. That is immediate access off the freeway. Plus there is quite a bit of parking around the Coliseum/Sports Arena. Greg is a nut job but hes right about the parking. The only parking immediately accessible around Staples is the underground structure at LA live or that lot across the street from Staples. That lot is going the way of the Do Do once ground breaking on the new hotel facilities commences. All of the other independent lots are rinky dink 100 cars or less lots.

        • I respectfully disagree with Trojohn and Greg. I have to agree with Jeff. Have you men been to a USC/UCLA game recently? Parking around the Coliseum is so much worse than anything in DTLA. DTLA has the 1 way streets several parking points. Expo Park is not made to handle that kind of traffic. It’s going to be hectic for parking at FF but it will be BETTER than Expo Park.

        • Trojohn, first of all I’m not bashing the parking situation at the Coliseum. When I go to USC games, I usually park in the lot adjacent to the Sports Arena, and it’s suitable enough. For years, I’ve wished that the Blue Line had an Expo Park stop — thankfully, the Expo Line will open soon, so I imagine I won’t be driving to the games anymore.

          My point is that traffic is a fact at any major sporting event. It’s a fact that I’m willing to accept when I know I’ll be sharing stadium space with 90,000 fellow fans.

          I don’t think parking or traffic at Farmer’s Field will be as earth shattering as the naysayers would have us believe. It’s just a slightly different model: some fans arriving via transit, some fans parking near the stadium, some fans parking a few blocks from the stadium (those rinky dink lots you speak of add up to thousands of parking spots), and some fans walking to the game from nearby hotel rooms.

          It’s not difficult to imagine. That model exists now with Staples Center. Remember The Forum? Do you not prefer the downtown stadium access — not to mention the rejuvenation of South Park — to the clustering of fans into acres of concrete? I remember when a few people called AEG crazy for suggesting that fans from the west side would ever venture downtown for a basketball game. Not only do they go, but all of downtown has benefited from the vision of that original development. Farmer’s Field and the new Convention Center wing are the next logical steps in the downtown resurgence.

          • Jeff, you make some good points but there are differences between Coliseum parking and Staples/FF parking. USC made huge capital investments in parking structures in and around campus. By doing so they alleviated a lot of the decentralized parking and moved it into revenue generating lot. USC was able to do this because there was, and still is, land to be acquired around the Coliseum. It’s called gentrification. Univeristy Park Campus is infinitely nicer now than it was 20 years ago when I went to SC because the University has gradually gentrified the area. Given them another 15 years and it will compete with Westwood.

            Staples is very much landlocked. The small indepdent lots around the arena will invariably be sold to developers. The land will be too commercially valuable to keep as a nominal revenue generator like a parking lot. South Park remains one of the hottest real estate markets in the city. Just try to buy a loft/condo for asking price down there. You won’t get a bite on an offer for anything less than 10% over asking price.

            Another thing to think about is that Staples Center seats something like 18,000. FF is supposed to seat 76,000. That is roughly 425% greater capacity which means that 425% more parking will be necessary. Los Angeles has and always will be a commuter city. For the most part Angelenos don’t use public transportation and I don’t know anyone who will ride their bicycle from Santa Monica to DTLA to watch a football game.

            I want FF to work just as much as the next guy but I am not sure how AEG is going to resolve these fundamental issues with stadium planning.

  3. How do you get 2.75 people into a car? Does that mean 1 person is only 3/4 of the way in the car, maybe has his/her head stuck outside the car?

  4. Certain parts of the EIR are good reading, it just depends on your background. I have a background in transportation so I found the mitigation measures interesting. The traffic will get worse. There’s no doubt. The question is how can worsening traffic be handled so that it’s bearable. I’m not overall sure the mitigation measures will work as is.

    • I expect a leisurely commute to the game via Metro rail. About 45 minutes from my home in the valley. Sounds wonderful. If others want to sit in traffic, that’s their own fault. Actually, if others want to drive, but can’t figure out a way other than a major freeway interchange to get into downtown on a Sunday afternoon, that’s also their own fault. I’ve driven to Staples Center dozens of times, when I don’t take rail, and have never been inconvenienced by traffic. And that’s for weeknight games.

      The sky is falling, the sky is falling… or is it?

      • Has anyone seen Downtown during Lakers playoff runs? The times the Lakers go to the championships, June also has the E3 expo. Parking is $50 at that old Holiday Inn (I forget the new name of the place.). Traffic does not move. That’s more similar to FF traffic than Staples.

  5. laweekly did an article before the EIR was even started stating that aeg would completely lowball the traffic mitigation impact and its real costs…nearly all of the costs would have to be absorbed by the city which could easily tack another $100 million onto the cost of the project.

    as I’ve said before this project won’t pay off…> $1 billion for a structure that will likely host 10-20 events a year is a terrible investment…for some reason aeg is trying to save face for the ritz being a $1 billion miss…if they really want to do one more project in their lalive sandbox a new dodger stadium is the route to go.

    I am in agreement that staples and lalive are beneficial to the ares…the hotel not so much and the stadium would be of little to no benefit and overall the city has to basically give away all tax revenue benefits so aeg can reap 100% of the financial benefit…gotta love the free market.

    • im so sick of hearing of the eir crap. this is what 10000 pages should have said, condensed to just one sentence:

      farmers field will suck taxpayers dry and cause noise and pollution and traffic and get tons of govt subsidies all so city council can get a luxury box at a football stadium while potholes go unfixed.

      • I want to know then what people think we should do with the convention center. It’s a wasteland with an old block next to Staples with nothing to contribute.

        • The Convention Center as it stands now is an obsolete turd. What business does it attract? LA Auto Show is probably the biggest draw. After that it’s the home for sorry ass Adult Con (don’t waste your money on the price of admission) and pot conventions. They need to level the entire thing and start from scratch to create a state of the art space that people will pay money to come to. Until that happens the Convention Center will continue to be a resource draining eyesore.

        • it needs to be renovated bad bad bad. here’s hte prob tho: the new conv ctr will be the same square footage as the old one. so hows that help?

      • Is that what your tin foil hat tells you?

        My impression is a little different. Los Angeles will get a state of the art stadium. Fans will enjoy the game day experience. The new stadium and convention center will further revitalize downtown, and the city will benefit from the tax revenue created.

  6. I guarantee you one local nut job on the freeway wanting a suicide by a cop to fulfill their afterlife fantasies is much worse than going to LA to watch a football game.

    Been caught in 2 luckily one of them I grabbed an off ramp the other it was wait. Can’t forget the brush fires the ones that make you drive around mountains to get to your destination or find a hotel where you are locally stuck.

    As long as you live in a major city it is all about traffic unless you get lucky.

    I think we can deal with a Stadium on Sunday’s if residents can deal already with the other adverse traffic conditions.

  7. Here are the facts as I see them:

    1. traffic will be bad
    2. LA already has bad traffic
    3. LA will have worse traffic in the future
    4. This is what LA living is about
    5. Traffic is bad in NYC too

    Did we really need all those pages in the EIR to understand that traffic impacts will be “Significant?” No, not really. But we’re following an antiquated CEQA law. The CEQA was written in the 70s. It needs to be updated. SB 292 was a good start but it needs to go further.

    • I would like to see the EIRs for the Santa Clara project and the Majestic Reality project. Has Jaboner posted those reviews?


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