College to ask for exemption

New owners of the downtown site of career school want the same deal as their predecessors.

June 28, 2008|By Jeremy Oberstein

DOWNTOWN — Glendale Career College’s new owners will go before the Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday to ask the city to request the same parking requirement exemption offered to the previous owners.

In early 2007, college officials proposed leasing the first floor and basement of 240 N. Brand Blvd., which houses 24-Hour Fitness on the second floor, after the school’s lease on Grandview Avenue expires. But the Brand site would have required them to provide 119 parking spaces, which the building doesn’t have.

So the Redevelopment Agency in February 2007 approved a parking exception that would have leased the college 119 spaces in the nearby Orange Street Garage, only to revoke it a year later after Glendale Career College officials said they lacked the funds to continue operating.


But on April 15, North-West College acquired the school for an undisclosed amount, after fielding offers from other potential buyers, thus paving the way for the project to move forward again, Glendale Career College Vice President Mitchell Fuerst said.

The college’s proposed location, on the corner of Brand Boulevard and California Avenue, would now, under new zoning regulations, require a 135-parking-space exception, although Fuerst said there would not be more than 75 students parking at a time.

Fuerst is hoping that the low number of anticipated students, and the fact that they are seeking about 22,600 less square footage than previous owners were, will help ensure passage of the college officials’ request.

School officials had previously proposed leasing about 29,500 square feet of the first floor and basement area with a 119-parking-space exemption at 240 N. Brand Blvd., but they are now looking to lease only 6,900 square feet — 5,300 square feet for classrooms and 1,600 square feet for offices.

After North-West College purchased the school in April, officials were forced to reduce its enrollment capacity from 200 students to 150.

As of May 12, enrollment at the school totaled 106 students, more than 80% of whom were enrolled in the school’s Surgical Technologists and Licensed Vocational Nurses courses, according to college filings.

College officials also slashed some programs but said their core principle remains unchanged.

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