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By Ryan Vaillancourt | April 23, 2008
DOWNTOWN — Gabriela Walsh, a Valencia resident who works in Glendale, had her heart set on buying a condo at the Americana at Brand — until she learned it would cost her more than $700,000. Americana developer Caruso Affiliated recently announced that prices for the 100 condo units in the retail, residential and entertainment megaplex will start in the “low $700,000s” and cap at more than $2 million. “That’s a bit out of my range,” Walsh said.
December 17, 2010
I respectfully disagree with your editorial about the expansion of the Americana at Brand ("Redefining 'blighted,'" Dec. 4). Rick Caruso has delivered for Glendale, while the former sound studio has sat vacant for years, and the motel contributes too little to the economic base to justify its existence in a "redevelopment zone. " Further, no one is taking these properties; the owners have a chance to propose a plan (and the city said they would allow more than 45 days if necessary)
May 26, 2011
The May 22 article, “Burbank theaters are a big draw,” says Burbank cinemas are a big draw. Not for me. Loud music in the halls, sitting through advertising before the movie starts and a long stream of trailers. When I went to see “Conspirator” on April 15, the show was nearly 15 minutes late in starting. I know, you save money at the early shows. You get what you pay for. I much prefer the Pacific Theaters at the Americana at Brand. Developer Rick Caruso has some class.
By Tania Chatila | September 6, 2006
CITY HALL — Redevelopment agency members unanimously approved design changes for the Americana at Brand development on Tuesday and commended developer Rick Caruso for keeping the momentum going on the center. The agency OKd modifications on everything from building elevation to a proposed water feature for the $324-million, 900,000-square-foot mixed-use project expected to open in March 2008. "It gets more exciting every time we see it…. It's like a resort," said Glendale resident George Thomas, one of several community members who spoke in favor of the project and its changes Tuesday.
October 23, 2013
The Americana at Brand is looking for help over the holidays and is hosting a job fair on Thursday to find employees who can fill those positions. The job fair will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the park in the Americana. Caruso Affiliated, owner of the Americana, stated in a release about the job fair that it is looking to hire customer service employees to fill concierge ambassador and Santa House helper positions. For more information on the positions, visit . -- Daniel Siegal, Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @Daniel_Siegal . ALSO: Roof tent is no circus for tenants in Glendale Stengel Field Stadium will be demolished Glendora police chief named Jewel City top cop  
January 24, 2011
I read with interest your Jan. 18 letter titled "What public benefit would come of Caruso's quest?" Really? You can't think of anything? Glendale, like most cities in our state, is swimming in red ink, and with our newly elected governor threatening more cuts including debating the existence of redevelopment, deficits will grow. The city of Glendale could be facing an $8-million deficit next year, even after painful cuts. Just think how much worse it could have been, if not for the city's vision to redevelop downtown and support Rick Caruso in his efforts to build the Americana at Brand.
November 18, 2011
It was a new take on Santa Thursday night at the Americana at Brand's fourth annual tree lighting ceremony, with aerialist and acrobatic performances putting a modern stamp on classic characters like the Nutcracker and toy soldiers. The “Cirque du Santa” event featured fireworks, music and the big man himself, Santa Claus, as the mega-outdoor mall heralded the holiday shopping season. The 100-foot-tall white fir was covered in 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments for the occasion.
By Ruth Sowby | November 29, 2011
Now that TV talk-show host Regis Philbin has retired from his morning “Live with Regis and Kelly” on ABC, he's making the rounds of the bookstores to sign and sell his new book, “How I Got This Way.” On Saturday (Nov. 26), Barnes & Noble in the Americana was host to some 300 Regis fans who came to learn the real scoop on the TV star's life. A bonus was the appearance of Regis' wife and sometimes TV partner, Joy Philbin. Originally, Regis wanted to be the next Bing Crosby. In fact, Glendale resident Gladys Wymore mentioned his idol when Regis signed her book.
December 20, 2010
I wanted to respond to your editorial ("Redefining 'blighted,'" Dec. 4) criticizing Glendale's consideration of Rick Caruso's plan to expand the Americana at Brand. The properties in question are located in a redevelopment area, which was created to improve the city's economic base. Neither the hotel nor the one-story vacant brick building are doing that. In fact, I recall when the hotel used to be a Best Western and (in my opinion) in much better condition than its current state.
By Bill Kisliuk, | November 29, 2010
Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso wants to expand his 15.5-acre retail center and is gunning for two adjacent properties to do it. Caruso is angling to acquire the Golden Key Hotel at 123 W. Colorado Blvd. and an adjacent building. He would replace them with 60,000 to 140,000 square feet of new retail space, landscaping and a plaza. “It’s an important last piece of the puzzle because it really rounds out that corner there,” Caruso said. “We have $400 million invested in the Americana.
April 22, 2014
I went to a movie at the Americana on a Sunday afternoon. Leaving the parking structure via the Central Avenue exit at about 6 p.m. I was struck with an easy way to resolve any budget shortfall in the city of Glendale: Issue traffic citations to the hundreds of pedestrians who flagrantly ignore the signal on Central Avenue between the Galleria and the Americana. I was first in line to turn right onto Central. The light turned green for all exiting lanes onto Central from the Americana and also for pedestrians.
By Arin Mikailian, | April 11, 2014
The Glendale Galleria, which underwent a major renovation that was unveiled last fall , is gearing up to offer a slew of new stores and eateries in the coming months and news about what will take over the former Nordstrom space could come as early as May. Meanwhile, the Americana at Brand will soon welcome a few new tasty offerings. The upcoming openings come on the heels of the opening of a Bloomingdale's store last November in the Galleria on the corner of Brand Boulevard and Broadway.
By Arin Mikailian, | March 26, 2014
Three new eateries ranging from fancy to fast casual are arriving in the heart of downtown Glendale. On Wednesday, Bourbon Steak held a grand-opening ceremony at the Americana at Brand. The restaurant is run by celebrity Chef Michael Mina, who also operates two more Bourbon Steak locations. The American fare ranges from the signature 18-ounce dry rib-eye steak to a classic bacon cheeseburger with no shortage of duck-fat fries. Truffle doughnuts are just one of the dessert items on the menu to cap off dinner.
By Veronica Rocha, | February 20, 2014
Three companies controlled by billionaire developer Rick Caruso are looking to recover at least $2.1 million from a maintenance company for allegedly failing to pay its legal fees stemming from a water-damage claim filed by a restaurant formerly located in the Americana at Brand. The Caruso-controlled companies claim that Able Maintenance breached its contracts when it performed substandard cleaning services at the Americana , according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
By Veronica Rocha, | January 21, 2014
A Los Angeles man has been banned for three years from the Glendale Galleria after he allegedly masturbated behind an unsuspecting female customer inside Macy's, police said. Noe Duarte, 45, was arrested Friday on suspicion of indecent exposure and vandalism after Macy's loss-prevention workers saw him touching himself, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. Police could arrest Duarte, who's on probation for prowling and unlawfully peeping, for trespassing if he is seen on the mall's premises during the ban, she added.
December 31, 2013
Glendale is one of two Los Angeles-area communities battling for notoriety and cool cred on Real Estate blog CurbedLA . The Jewel City has taken the lead in the poll so far, pegged against Los Angeles' transforming Arts District, an area revitalized by the upcoming Barker lofts, a new Urban Radish grocery store, Stumptown Coffee and slew of pedestrian and bike plans.  In 2013, the Glendale Galleria opened a Bloomingdale's and remodeled its...
December 12, 2013
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 and the high in Glendale is predicted to reach 71 and low of 43 . Here are the top headlines from the 818 area code region: Hikers in Griffith Park were stunned this week when they discovered that an often-photographed tree at a scenic overlook near the Hollywood sign was torn from its roots and tossed on its side, the Los Angeles Times reports . The 8-foot =cypress tree was located in an open...
By Brittany Levine, | December 12, 2013
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.
By Veronica Rocha, | November 28, 2013
The traditional black Friday traffic crush may be relieved somewhat due to a decision by many Glendale retailers to open Thanksgiving night, spreading bargain hunters over a longer time period. With the Glendale Galleria planning to open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, along with three of its major retailers - Macy's, Target and JCPenney - mall officials said street closures aren't necessary. Another 24 stores inside the mall also plan to open tonight. "Due to the early openings on Thanksgiving Day, we think traffic will be much improved because the rush of shoppers will be spread out over a longer period of time," said Larry Martin, the Galleria's general manager.
By Brittany Levine, | November 28, 2013
City projections released this week show the massive development boom underway in Glendale could bring as many as 3,814 units within 21 multi-family complexes. Despite what may seem to some like an oversupply, developers behind the projects are confident that rental demand will support the ongoing construction. Glendale developers think they can attract young professionals making $70,000 to $100,000 annually who want an urban, amenity-filled environment and would normally flock to downtown Los Angeles or Hollywood, said Salleh Beitollahi, an associate at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services.
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