Will cars or buildings be parked around Dodger Stadium?

Photo by Scott Fajack

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.


  1. Good luck building on those two valleys full of uncertified fill under those lots.

  2. I don’t get it. I’m confused. Where will people attending games park if there are buildings built on the site of the lot?

  3. No more houses, please.

    I’d love to see a park by the stadium, complete with little baseball fields. It would be fun for kids before games and it could be useful during the off season. For that reason, it will probably end up being a BJ’s Pizza.

  4. I can’t believe this bullshit! Why is it still possible to split up a company, let one part go bankrupt (possibly due to the missing 11 million revenue from the parking lots) and still keep the other part. How is that not fraud?

  5. Some of the land should be used for public housing, as it was originally intended when the original residents of Chavez Ravine were moved out. I’m not holding my breath, but that would be the right thing to do. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chavez_Ravine

  6. L.A. is his(Mc Court) home? When will he move?

  7. Whatever development occurs (and it is only a matter of time), whether it be the expansion of the hospital to also include housing and retail and/or the the further profiteering of snake oil salesman McCourt, it will negatively impact our surrounding community with increased traffic, housing prices and property taxes.

  8. Wherever did this story come from, what sparked it today? This is odd – a rehash of a LA Times story from last spring that itself was speculating on the possibilities. Seems to me that when the Dodgers went into bankruptcy, all the talk now of selling the Dodgers INCLUDES the parking lot and the other vacant land!

    Of course, any kind of deal might happen — as Yogi Berra once said, it ain’t sold till its sold. Well, maybe that’s not quite what he said. But while the discussions about a sale now apparently include the entire property, anything could happen in the end.

    Still, who owns it isn’t really going to determine whether something is built there. Money is going to determine that. At the price they are talking about, possibly well over $1 billion, nearly triple what McCourt paid, which itself was said to be overpriced at the time, the ONLY way to make that work is with some real income from all that vacant land, meaning development. Whoever ends up owning it, serious development is on the way. And rest assured, the powers that be have already been discussing that with city officials — they are NOT going to pay that kind of price without some reason to believe it will pay off.

    Oh, as for where people will park if the parking lots is built on: parking structures instead of the parking lot. Coincidentally, before McCourt owned the Dodgers, he was a Boston developer — primarily of parking structures.

  9. please keep the parking… if not the streets will be a mess!

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