As 2016 comes to a close, we find Inglewood developing into a destination city, which will include the new Rams stadium, a hotel, entertainment venue, housing, retail and office space.
It may not be apparent now, amid all the construction going on. But before we know it, Inglewood will be welcoming thousands of visitors to football games at the new stadium. Thousands will be riding to and through Inglewood when the new Metro trains begin operating, with two stops in the city.
Families will be moving into new homes in the Hollywood Park Tomorrow complex and at the old Daniel Freeman Hospital site. Downtown Inglewood will get a complete overhaul, replacing the older, drab looking buildings into a fresh, new upscale business community.
Inglewood is in a building phase now, and as we have seen in the past year, it’s getting all sorts of positive attention from investors, the media and the business world.
Here are some of the highlights in 2016:
Mayor Butts gave his State of the City address in April. He shared the stage with L.A. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (who was born in Inglewood), NBC Sports commentator and radio show host Fred Roggin, and CBS Sports announcer Jim Hill.
The new District 2 Community Center opened in June, much to the delight of Inglewood residents. For years, the old Thrifty Oil gas station at La Tijera and La Cienega lied vacant and was an eyesore.
Also in June, the city paid homage to Inglewood Parks and Recreation Commissioner Willie Agee by renaming the new Inglewood Playhouse at Edward Vincent Park after him.
Moody's Investors Service upgraded the City of Inglewood’s Lease Revenue Bonds Series 2012 from Baa1 to A2 in October. This is Inglewood’s second upgrade of lease revenue bonds. In February 2015, Moody’s upgraded both the City's lease revenue bonds and pension obligation bonds from Baa2 to Baa1.
There were a few end-of-the-year blessings in November and December. Ground was broken on the new Rams stadium and it looks like the San Diego Chargers will be sharing the venue as well. The NFL approved a lease deal that clears the way for the Chargers to play in Inglewood, if they choose to. The team is reportedly looking for office space in the L.A. area.
The new and much improved Hollywood Park Casino opened in November—the first structure to be built on the Hollywood Park Tomorrow site.
Snoop Dogg returned for the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. The mega rap star signed autographs, took photos and helped hand out turkeys to thousands of grateful residents.
The biggest and brightest Christmas Tree Lighting ever in the City of Inglewood was held again at the Forum with an estimated 5,000 attendees.
Three Inglewood families became new homeowners just in time for Christmas, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, a nonprofit home building corporation. The families helped build their new homes along with several volunteers.
Construction is well underway at the new senior center, and the facility is expected to open in November 2017.
The City recently reported that it is now in a position to give pay raises to employees
Inglewood has a new, permanent Certified Farmer’s Market, ending years of requests by residents. The market is held on Market Street between Manchester and Nutwood, every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 3-7pm.
Looking forward to 2017, we can, unfortunately expect more traffic delays due to construction. But it will be well worth it when it’s done.
We hope your personal 2017 is looking just as bright as Inglewood. Inglewood Today wishes you and yours a very healthy, happy and prosperous new year.