With pressure mounting on city resources in the wake of redevelopment’s demise, several Glendale City Council members this week expressed second thoughts about several major downtown area projects that were approved more than a year ago.
The Museum of Neon Art planned for the 200 block of South Brand Boulevard across from the Americana at Brand, and the Laemmle Lofts, a five-screen movie theater below 42 residential units at the corner of Wilson and Maryland, were targeted Tuesday by Councilmen Dave Weaver and Rafi Manoukian as being perhaps a bit more than the city can handle without the power of local redevelopment.
“At this point in time, it’s such a mess,” Manoukian said.
Despite some apparent buyer’s remorse, city officials said decisions to go ahead with the developments can’t be unwound. If they are, the city could be sued for breach of contract, they added, even if parts of the projects are caught in limbo due to a state mandate dissolving redevelopment agencies throughout California.