L.A. Council Panel Moves Forward With Convention Center Plan B

Los Angeles City Council panel voted Tuesday to move ahead with a backup plan for modernizing the city’s Convention Center, one that assumes that an NFL football stadium won’t be built nearby.

The council’s Economic Development Committee recommended the city kick off a seven-month competition, with architects and designers offering their ideas for expanding and upgrading the convention venue. Participants also would be asked to identify spots next to the facility where a new, privately developed hotel could be built.

L.A. officials still have a deal with developer Anschutz Entertainment Group to build an NFL stadium next to the Convention Center. That agreement would allow some stadium revenue to pay for construction of a new Convention Center wing.

The pact cannot move ahead unless AEG secures a team. With the deal set to expire in October and little sign of any progress, hopes of building a stadium have greatly diminished.

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