A look at some of the biggest projects scheduled to open in the next calendar year.
Across Southern California, billions of dollars are being invested in new infrastructure and private developments. Here is a look at some of the biggest projects set to debut in 2020.
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After years of delays and rising costs, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now slated to open its nearly $400-million museum sometime in 2020.
Located along Fairfax Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and 6th Street, the project is highlighted by a 120-foot-tall glass-and-concrete sphere designed by Renzo Piano. The Academy has also restored a 1939 May Company department store, which will be renamed as the Saban Building after the museum’s principal donors.
Despite sluggish progress in the past year, Metro currently expects to debut the $2-billion Crenshaw/LAX Line in 2020.
The 8.5-mile light rail line stretches between the Metro’s Green Line in the south and the E (formerly Expo) Line in the north. Nine stations will offer connections to Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Inglewood, and Westchester. Perhaps most notably, the Crenshaw Line will connect with Los Angeles International Airport’s under-construction automated people mover system via a proposed $500-million rail hub at the corner of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street.
Metro is currently considering plans for a northern extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Line which would terminate at the Hollywood/Highland subway station in Hollywood.
In Pasadena, Kaiser Permanente expects to complete construction of the Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine later this year.
Plans call for the school to eventually scale up to a full enrollment of 192 students by 2022. The first five classes to attend the school will have free tuition, under an arrangement announced last year by Kaiser Permanente.
Expo Line-Adjacent Developments
The project, which replaced Culver City Station’s park-and-ride lot at Venice and National Boulevard, includes a 200-unit apartment complex, a 148-room Hyatt hotel, and a 240,000-square-foot office building that will become the new West Coast headquarters of HBO.
Three stops west at Expo/Sepulveda Station, San Francisco-based developer Carmel Partners is putting the finishing touches on Linea – a 595-unit apartment complex with street-fronting shops and restaurants.
The mid-rise complex, designed by VTBS Architects, features multiple buildings between 9 and 13 stories in height flanking a central courtyard.
Linea is one of two large developments Carmel is now building along the Expo Line. An even larger mixed-use complex called Cumulus – featuring more than 1,200 apartments – is slated to open next year across the street from La Cienega/Jefferson Station.
Netflix‘s insatiable appetite for Hollywood real estate is well known – the Los Gatos-based streaming giant now occupies more than 1.4 million square feet of office space in Southern California.
One of the largest properties leased by Netflix – Kilroy Realty‘s On Vine complex – is slated to open later this year just south of Sunset Boulevard.
In addition to 350,000 square feet of office space, the $450-million development includes a 20-story, 193-unit apartment tower and 13,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
In Summer 2020, AECOM Capital and Combined Properties are scheduled to complete construction of the $500-million Pendry Hotel & Residences West Hollywood.
Located at the site of a former House of Blues nightclub on the Sunset Strip, the project consists of two mid-rise structures which will feature 149 hotel rooms and 40 condominiums.
The EYRC Architects-designed complex is one of several hotel and condominium developments to recently land on the Sunset Strip, and more are slated to follow in the years to come.
Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach expects to open the new Gerold Desmond Bridge before the end of 2020. The $1.5-billion cable-stayed bridge, which replaces an older structure of the same name, is to be supported by two 515-foot towers – making it the second-tallest structure of its type in the United States.
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In Inglewood, completion is expected this year for SoFi Stadium – the 75,000-seat football stadium that will become the new home of the NFL’s Rams and Chargers.
The HKS Architects-designed venue will rank as the most expensive stadium ever built in the United States upon completion, carrying an estimated price tag in excess of $5 billion.
SoFi Stadium will serve as the centerpiece of a 298-acre sports and entertainment district at the former site of the Hollywood Park racetrack, which is being developed by Wilson Meany. The full vision for the property includes a 500,000-square-foot shopping center (here’s a look at some of the future tenants), 2,500 apartments and homes, a 300-room hotel, a central park, and 500,000 square feet of office space – a portion of which will become the new home of the NFL Network, NFL.com, the NFL app, and NFL Redzone.
The aforementioned sports and entertainment district could see further expansion. Just across Century Boulevard, the Los Angeles Clippers have announced plans for an 18,500-seat arena, accompanied by additional retail options and a hotel.