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An earthquake-damaged swimming facility adjacent to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum may be demolished and replaced by a "large parking structure close to both the Coliseum and the Sports Arena." The site of the '32 Olympic swimming events and the "city's largest swim facility for youths was shut down all summer" and it appears likely that a replacement pool and park will be built near the area. The addition of more parking for the Coliseum may ease "negotiations with the Raiders on a long- term playing contract," and "pleasing the Raiders is said to be a major reason for officials' desire to relocate the facility." Details still need to be decided, but a decision could be made soon (Kenneth Reich, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 10/4).
The Lightning "can begin building a downtown hockey arena" after the team gave the city of Tampa a check of $95,610 for a foundation permit. Lightning Governor David LeFevre said the team "probably won't make its stated goal of opening the arena" in October '95, and the team's architects, Ellerbe Becket of Kansas City, said construction would take 15-17 months. Officials at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg have said they will help the team book games there in '95 if the team needs a place to play until the Tampa arena is completed (Ken Koehn, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/04).
Blockbuster Entertainment "gave the public a peek at its sports and amusement park Tuesday." The project as it stands will cost $2B. Blockbuster Park would include restaurants, a water park, campgrounds, a hockey arena and a ballpark. More than 600 acres have been "tacked on as a western wing for an expanded lake, hotels and a golf course." Outside the park, major road improvements would be needed to handle the 17,000 vehicles that might "pour through the gates on a weekday evening" before a Marlins game, according to plans submitted to the South FL Regional Planning Council. But there are "two big questions still unanswered": 1) Will execs from Viacom, which recently took over Blockbuster, proceed with the plans? 2) How much will taxpayers contribute to construction and operation of the park? The park would straddle the Dade-Broward county line (Seeman/Finefrock/Zaneski, MIAMI HERALD, 10/5). PUBLIC FINANCING: Blockbuster said there are many areas in which they public "may be asked to come up with some cash": for the hockey arena, baseball park or a police station. The company would also seek help to build $100M in new roads. Blockbuster's Dennis O'Shea, who played point man at yesterday's 90 minute press conference, said the requests for tax money would be "fair." Blockbuster's delivery of their plans launches a 12-18 month review process. After months of negotiations, the Metro- Dade Commission and the Miramar City Commission will decide if the park is built. Blockbuster already controls most of the property in question, through purchases, options or an anticipated agreement with Dade County (MIAMI HERALD, 10/5) SUMNER LOVE? Viacom has yet to "publicly commit" to building the park, but Blockbuster VP Antonio Romero said Tuesday's filing with the regional planning council was "OK'd by the company" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/5).
THE PLAN IN A NUTSHELLPHASE ONE (By 2000)SIZE
Hockey arena20,000 seats Baseball stadium50,000 seats Amphitheater15,000 seats Movies, theaters, interactive games10,500 seats Theme park215 acres Golf courses36 holes RV vehicle park360 spaces Stores997,000 Sq. Ft Offices525,000 Sq. Ft Industrial space670,000 Sq. Ft Hotel/Time Share units1,250 rooms Housing700 units