After nearly two years of uncertainty about the future of the open space at the Americana at Brand, the City Council this week unanimously approved taking over the popular park as a city property.
The uncertainty was tied to the dissolution of redevelopment last year. State lawmakers ended the program — designed to improve blighted areas through the use of property taxes — in an effort to close a multibillion-dollar budget gap in Sacramento.
In addition to receiving money, Glendale’s now defunct Redevelopment Agency also owned property, such as the space at the Americana at Brand, known as the Green.
As part of the dissolution, state officials could snap up former redevelopment properties and sell them.
Glendale officials jumped through several hurdles to get the open space. A request to transfer it over to the city for ownership was denied by the state Department of Finance in August. But after meeting with city officials, state officials changed their mind and in October gave their nod of approval for the transfer.