The dilapidated and underappreciated Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is long gone, and LAFC's $350-million Banc of California Stadium is now ready to rise in its place.

Passersby in Exposition Park may hae noticed that a tower crane now stands high above the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Figueroa Street, where vertical construction has now commenced for the 22,000-seat soccer venue.

The project, which was designed by the architecture firm Gensler, is expected to open in time for the 2018 MLS season.

Banc of California Stadium is the first of several major developments slated to remake Exposition Park over the coming years, including a $270-million renovation of the Los Angeles Coliseum, a large-scaled mixed-use complex and potentially the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Rendering of Banc of California Stadium (Image: LAFC)

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17 Small Lot Homes Coming to Atwater Village

The project replaces three existing houses.

Calcagnie Group, an Irvine-based real estate development firm, has unveiled renderings for a new set of small lot homes in Atwater Village.

The project, slated for a 27,000-square-foot site at 3409-3421 Fletcher Drive, calls for the construction of 17 single-family residences.  The three-story houses would come in four different floor plans, ranging between 1,826 and 2,806 square feet in size.