The Glendale Galleria — a retail powerhouse whose 1970s-era all-brick façade has been criticized as being overtly drab — plans to undergo a major overhaul in the next two years, including a revamped entrance plaza featuring 11-foot-high letters jutting out of a pool.
The project, approved by the City Council on Tuesday, will ditch the mega-mall’s windowless, brick exterior, which was typical of shopping malls built in the 1970s, but has become increasingly dated with the rise of the glitzy Americana at Brand and a more mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented downtown.
Large sections of the Galleria’s exterior walls will be covered with white marble, black granite and metal panels to give it a more contemporary appearance, according to plans submitted to Glendale City Hall.
“I think it’s overdue,” said Councilman Ara Najarian. “I would have liked to have brought this up to speed at about the time the Americana was opening up. I understand there were some issues between the two neighbors. Now they’re working together.”