For 75 years, the Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, Calif., has played a major role in the a history of Southern California horse racing, hosting such thoroughbred winners as Seabiscuit, Citation, Affirmed and Ferdinand. After the end of this season, the track will close its paddock doors for the last time due to declining profitability.
The land, however, will live on as a new, 238-acre eco-friendly community called Hollywood Park of Tomorrow. The slightly Disneyfied master plan created by The Robert Group will include 3,000 energy-efficient homes, a large system of lakes, a casino and 25 acres of parks that will be easily accessible by pedestrians.
The new Hollywood Park plan, which had been approved in 2009 but was delayed by the Great Recession, will be like a small city unto itself, with three distinct neighborhoods that will include single-family houses, townhomes, condos and senior living facilities. Along with the residential units, there are plans to include a mixed-use shopping district with 600,000 square feet of retail space and 75,000 square feet of commercial space, including a 300-room hotel.
To make this green community as efficient as possible, The Robert Group designed the homes to meet strict Energy Star conservation standards. These houses will incorporate double-paned windows to reduce utility costs, energy- and water-efficient appliances, and lighting and air-conditioning systems that reduce electricity consumption.
Stormwater that is produced within the community will be collected by the manmade lakes, ponds and vegetated areas for use as irrigation on the grounds. Drought-tolerant and native plants will also be used in the landscaping of the developments many green areas to reduce demand for water. The use of fertilizers and insecticides will also be curtailed to reduce environmental impacts.
Work on the project is expected to begin at the end of this racing season in late December, whereupon crews will begin dismantling the track. During construction, work crews will also recycle nearly all of the construction and demolition debris created. Once the project is completed, a comprehensive recycling program will help to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.