City officials were scrambling to pick up the pieces one day after
a $264.2-million proposal for the Town Center, a commercial and
residential development in downtown Glendale, fell apart.
"We're going to have an all-hands meeting next week and assess all
the different aspects of the site," City Manager Jim Starbird said.
"We have a lot of detail things to think about."
Some council members are already thinking about those details.
Councilman Bob Yousefian is not convinced Caruso is gone for good,
and thinks the project could be resurrected, even though Caruso said
Wednesday afternoon that he had no interest in working with the city.
"Sometimes when you're upset, you don't make the best decisions in
your life," Yousefian said. "I know I've done that."
If Caruso doesn't come back, Yousefian said plenty of developers
would be interested in the land, echoing Mayor Frank Quintero's
Quintero wants to pursue the proposal submitted by General Growth,
owners of the Glendale Galleria. Its plan includes more residential
space, less retail, and keeps Orange and Harvard streets open to
vehicular traffic. The Town Center's environmental impact report
included General Growth's proposal as an alternative, and City Atty.
Scott Howard said some of the data from that report could be
recycled, saving the city some money down the line.
But Weaver and Councilman Rafi Manoukian blame General Growth,
which opposed Caruso's proposal, for the project's demise. They said
they would not support General Growth's proposal.
"If I get a letter from General Growth saying they want to develop
the project, I'll be ripping it up and throwing it in the trash,"
While Quintero and Yousefian mull over possible plans, city staff
is preparing a menu of options for the council.
"It's only been less than 12 hours, and it will take us a week or
so to have them all down," Director of Development Services Jeanne
Armstrong said Wednesday.
For his part, Caruso did not seem too upset. While vacationing in
Hawaii, he said a neighboring city already has called about building
a similar project. He declined to say which city.
"It's a big loss to Glendale," Caruso said. "They're loaded with a
bunch of real estate, they've got no plans for it, and no developer
in his right mind is going to go through what we did. The big
winners, whether we do something with them or not, are the