Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Football Stadium Follow-up - Bel~Air Association Helped Stop 1990's Construction of NFL Stadium at VA Campus

How We Stopped Construction Of An NFL Stadium In West Los Angeles

by Russ Alben

In 1994, Disney executives Michael Eisner and Michael Ovitz approached the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Washington, DC in a bid to bring an NFL Football Stadium to the West LA Veterans Administration campus!

Inspired by the outcry of the Veterans Park Conservancy, a community group dedicated to the preservation and beautification of land deeded to Veterans after the Civil War, VPC has been successful in keeping VA Land out of the hands of commercial developers.

Local veterans and community members responded by raising money and creating the “Friends of Veterans Park” lobbying group. The group secured legislation (HR 2099) that halted the process.

Can you imagine dodging 50,000 more cars on the 405?

The Bel-Air Association has supported the work of the Veterans Park Conservancy since it first advocated the passage of the Cranston Act in the late 1980’s which rescued 300 acres of VA Land from developers. VPC Board members have also played an active role on the board of the Bel-Air association.

These men and women are currently active on the VPC’s most important project which is the creation of the 16 acre Los Angeles National Veterans Park on the corner of Wilshire and Federal Avenue.

And, yes, there will be room in the new park for veterans who want to play ball.