CITY HALL — Glendale is poised to ink a 15-year lease with the Los Angeles-based Museum of Neon Art — a $5.2-million deal that city officials say will reenergize the area across from the Americana at Brand.
The city-owned buildings near the corner of Brand Boulevard and Harvard Street will serve as a new permanent home for the nonprofit museum that offers educational classes alongside changing exhibitions of photography and contemporary and vintage neon art.
The City Council is scheduled to vote on deal Tuesday.
City officials have lauded the highly-subsidized deal with the museum — which first entered into formal negotiations in September 2009 — as a way to kick-start an arts and entertainment district downtown and draw more visitors to the area.
“We are providing a tourist attraction that hopefully will bring people from other cities into our shopping district,” Councilwoman Laura Friedman, who serves as chairwoman of the Redevelopment Agency, said during a joint council/agency meeting Tuesday, when the lease was introduced.