CITY HALL — With the flood of iconic high-rises that were supposed to transform downtown having been halted by the economic recession, Glendale's skyline won't be changing anytime soon.
During a 2008 hearing on Verdugo Gardens, a planned 24-story luxury condominium complex, city officials predicted the project would help transform downtown into a bustling residential area.
"It's going to be a signature building," Councilman Frank Quintero said at the time. "This is going to introduce a new type of residential living in the city."
Two years later, that introduction is a long way off.
The tower was one in a string of planned high-rise condominium projects intended to carry out a vision outlined in the city's Downtown Specific Plan, a planning guide adopted by the City Council in 2006 that called for establishing a residential base for the downtown business district.
The planned high-rises — which made their way through the pipeline following the plan's adoption — would have added nearly 900 residential units to the immediate downtown area. They included: