I respectfully disagree with your editorial about the expansion of the Americana at Brand ("Redefining 'blighted,'" Dec. 4).
Rick Caruso has delivered for Glendale, while the former sound studio has sat vacant for years, and the motel contributes too little to the economic base to justify its existence in a "redevelopment zone." Further, no one is taking these properties; the owners have a chance to propose a plan (and the city said they would allow more than 45 days if necessary) and if they choose not to, they will be given a fair purchase price for the property.
Additionally, both owners told the City Council that they would be interested in selling.
The city is taking the right approach. The goal of a redevelopment zone is to strengthen the economy and bring more business. The current property owners aren't fulfilling that goal required by a redevelopment zone.