Gov. Newsom, Joint Legislative Committee Certify That Proposed Clippers Arena Meets Landmark Environmental Standards
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 23, 2019--
In a huge step forward for the proposed LA Clippers arena, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee have certified that the state-of-the-art Inglewood project will be “net-zero” for greenhouse gases over its construction period and operational life.
The approvals mean that the proposed LA Clippers arena complex has achieved the most stringent environmental standards for a sports venue in the state’s history. The certifications follow a similar determination in November by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
The proposed Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center, at the intersection of West Century Boulevard and South Prairie Avenue, includes an 18,000-seat arena, the Clippers’ team offices, practice facility, sports medicine clinic, and an outdoor plaza with community, retail and restaurant uses.
“These approvals recognize the Clippers’ strong commitment to responding to climate change, which includes far-reaching, environmentally friendly measures that exceed legal requirements and set a precedent over previous arena projects in California,” said Chris Meany, lead developer on the project.
The environmental standards for the Inglewood project – which exceed what CARB required of new professional basketball arenas in San Francisco and Sacramento – will produce direct benefits to Inglewood residents and neighboring communities. That’s because, unlike other certified environmental leadership projects, at least half of all greenhouse gas reductions must be achieved through measures undertaken locally.
Meany said the requirements are “unprecedented” and reflect the Clippers’ commitment to do what’s right for Inglewood.
“We’re not just here to build a state-of-the-art basketball arena and campus,” said Meany. “We want to make sure that all citizens of Inglewood benefit from having the Clippers as a new neighbor. The fact that we agreed to these unprecedented measures proves it.”
The sign-offs from Sacramento come after an intensive 11-month regulatory review and qualify the project for expedited judicial review if its approvals are challenged in court. Next up is the City of Inglewood’s environmental review. If approved, the arena would open in time for the 2024-2025 NBA season.
The arena project will be LEED Gold certified, meaning it achieves rigorous, internationally recognized environmental standards for building performance. Its sustainability measures include:
In addition to the environmental features of the complex, the project will bring a host of economic and community benefits to Inglewood, including:
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