The Independent Cities Association held a press conference this morning to announce their endorsement of plans to bring an NFL stadium to Industry.
Billionaire developer Ed Roski Jr. wants to build an $800 million stadium-entertainment complex on 600-acre plot of land northwest of the 57/60 freeway interchange. The ICA’s board voted earlier this month to support the project.
“We are hopeful for this project,” Association President and Covina Mayor Kevin Stapleton said. “For the region, it will be an economic stimulus.”
The ICA is made up of 52 full-service cities across the Southern California, including cities in the San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County. Members include Arcadia, La Habra, Pasadena, Chino, Baldwin Park, West Covina and Pomona.
Several current and former politicos attended Thursday’s event, including Baldwin Park Councilwoman Marlen Garcia, West Covina Councilman Mike Touhey and former Monterey Park Mayor Betty Chu.
Chu touted the project’s location.
“Everything is about location,” she said. “Being a football fan, we’ve wanted an event like this for so long, and it must come to fruition.”
Of course not everyone is on board with the proposal. The city of Walnut has adopted a resolution opposing the stadium and Walnut Mayor Joaquin Lim wants a new environmental analysis drafted for the project.
Majestic officials will be meeting with the California Contract Cities Association on Feb. 4 to present stadium plans.
Walnut is a member of the CCCA.