The L.A. Times follows up on last year’s story about the fate of the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium. The parking lots, which cover much of the 350-acre ballpark property, are owned by team owner Frank McCourt and are not involved in the team’s bankruptcy court sale. As a result, any buyer would have to pay McCourt extra for that land or pay him $14 million a year to lease the lots, said the story. Or McCourt could just keep the lots and try to develop them. The Times notes:
However, McCourt could try to develop the land in a way that could rehabilitate his battered civic image. “There is no doubt in my mind he wants to hold on to the property,” said a person familiar with McCourt’s thinking. “L.A. is his home. It will remain his home.”
What could he build? The story mentions the failed attempt to build office buildings on the lots at Anaheim Stadium, and the NFL’s longtime interest in building a Chavez Ravine football stadium. Last year’s story, written before the Dodger bankruptcy filing, also brought up the possibility of building homes around the stadium.
If anything ever gets built on the team’s parking lots, things will certainly get a lot more crowded around Dodger Stadium. Barlow Respiratory Hospital, which sits next to the Stadium, wants to develop hundreds of units of housing on its property.