A presentation to the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee offers a closer look at the temporary office and practice facility that the Los Angeles Rams intend to build at 21555 Oxnard Street.
The project, which would replace a portion of the former Anthem Blue Cross building's parking lot at Canoga Avenue and Erwin Street, would involve roughly 65,000 square feet of construction. After the demolition of existing parking, a visitor's center, and a small theater, plans call for the addition of several modular buildings featuring office space, a gymnasium, and two football fields. The scope of work would also include restriping the rest of the remaining parking lot.
The temporary offices are described as "typical modular buildings with painted wood panels, exterior air condition[ers], doors, and windows with no architectural interest." But pay no mind to them, as they will be shielded from view by perimeter fencing and landscaping along Canoga and Erwin.
Although the plans presented are relatively modest in scope, that may be a testament to their temporary nature. Since March 2022, Rams owners Stan Kroenke has paid a combined sum of approximately $650 million to acquire nearly 100 acres of Warner Center real estate, including the Anthem Blue Cross site, the neighboring Village Mall, and the Promenade Mall, which comes with entitlements for a 3.2-million-square-foot mixed-use project featuring more than 1,400 homes, hotels, offices, and a 10,000-seat indoor entertainment venue.
Kroenke, who has folded SoFi Stadium into an even larger mixed-use complex in Inglewood, is expected to develop a similar vision for the Warner Center sites, centered around a permanent practice facility and team headquarters for the Rams.
Whatever Kroenke's plans may be, they are likely to complement proposed developments on other superblock properties in the neighborhood, including the 24-acre Warner Corporate Center, which is approved for a mixed-use project featuring homes, offices, hotels, and other commercial uses.
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