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.
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 CarusoAffiliated.com . -- Daniel Siegal, email@example.com 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.
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.
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.