LOS ANGELES : Coliseum Panel Gives Go-Ahead for Renovation

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission voted unanimously Thursday to proceed early next year with a $15-million first phase plan to renovate the stadium.

The commission authorized up to $300,000 to be paid to the Kansas City architectural firm of HNTB to draw up plans and do engineering work to lower the playing field of the stadium and install thousands of seats closer to the field. It also approved another $260,000 for the same firm to do schematic plans for a second phase, building between 80 and 100 luxury suites and a new press box in 1994.

In other action, the commission adopted a resolution contending that state law authorizes an exemption from the need for an environmental impact report on the first phase.

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