Burbank and Bob Hope Airport officials, who are working to land a station when the California High Speed Rail Authority builds a line from San Francisco to San Diego, won a modest victory in the planning battle Thursday.
The California High Speed Rail Authority decided to drop study of a downtown Burbank option that was reviled locally because it would require thousands of parking spaces and other changes to an area —between Interstate 5 and the Burbank Water and Power plant — that is already highly developed.
Rail authority senior project manager Dan Tempelis said the downtown site is “too constrained,” and rail authority members agreed.
The remaining San Fernando Valley station sites under consideration are at the future site of the Bob Hope Airport transit center; on the Sylmar/San Fernando border; and on Branford Street in Arleta. A final decision is expected in late 2012 or early 2013, after full environmental studies have been completed.
Property rights advocates from Sacramento and Washington, D.C., descended on Glendale when the battle between Golden Key Hotel owner Ray Patel and Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso was at its peak. Now, with a truce apparently in place, they’ve turned to other business.
Representatives from the libertarian Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento and the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice spoke at Patel’s Feb. 15 property-rights rally. They pilloried the city of Glendale for using its redevelopment power to push Patel to sell to Caruso, who plans to demolish the hotel to expand the Americana.