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March 30, 2012
Marine life artist Robert Wyland - best known for painting life-sized whales and other seascapes on buildings - helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act by painting a mural Friday at the Americana at Brand. He had help from a number of officials who used the occasion to launch the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, a friendly competition among cities across the U.S. to see who can conserve the most water from March 30 to April 30. The mural is slated for display inside the Anthropologie store, organizers said.
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NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 30, 2010
The owners of a hotel and vacant building adjacent to the Americana at Brand will have 45 days to negotiate a sell price with developer Rick Caruso, submit their own plans for redevelopment, or face possible eminent domain proceedings. Push turned into shove Tuesday after Caruso, owner and developer of the Americana, pitched plans to the City Council for expanding his 15.5-acre mega-mall. Acting as the Redevelopment Agency, the council on Tuesday approved a plan to push the neighboring property owners to negotiate sales of their buildings to Caruso or work up their own plans for the intersection of Colorado and Orange streets — and gave them 45 days to do it. Caruso said he would like to make the adjacent properties, which include the 55-room Golden Key Hotel and vacant building, part of the Americana at Brand, adding between 60,000 and 140,000 square feet of retail space, landscaping, a fountain area and a pedestrian walkway from Colorado Street into the mixed-use center.
NEWS
February 15, 2011
While reading the Sunday edition, I came across two articles about the proposed Americana at Brand expansion. One was a full-page ad saying that Glendale faces an $8-million deficit this year with threats to services like police, fire and parks. Then it goes on to say that the Americana has generated more than $3 million in revenue. Now they want to take away a small piece of property with a motel on it and add it to the Americana, (saying by doing this the city will get more revenue.
NEWS
By Jason Wells and Bill Kisliuk | February 15, 2011
Faced with a packed, overflow crowd at Glendale City Hall Tuesday morning, the owners of the Golden Key Hotel and Americana at Brand agreed to postpone a hearing on their competing redevelopment proposals to allow more time for negotiations. About 40 supporters of Golden Key Hotel owner Ray Patel on Tuesday morning demonstrated against Americana at Brand expansion plans, chanting “Let Ray Stay” before reaching City Hall, where the City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, was scheduled to consider Rick Caruso's plans to expand his mall.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ruth Sowby | September 8, 2010
The Americana at Brand is known for good shopping, good food and good living. On Aug 30, another title was added — movie premiere showcase. The Americana was selected as one of only a few venues in Los Angeles to screen, for one night only, "The Big Uneasy. " It was standing room only as residents from Glendale and its nearby communities packed the multi-plex to watch the new documentary produced by and starring Harry Shearer. The film's limited release marked the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of parts of New Orleans.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | September 22, 2010
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Billionaire developer Rick Caruso told an audience of business leaders on Wednesday that he expects customer traffic at his Americana at Brand property to surpass that of The Grove in L.A. in the coming years. Caruso said the Americana at Brand currently attracts 17 million visitors a year, but predicted it would eventually exceed the 20 million annual visitors who visit his Los Angeles retail center, The Grove. Speaking at a Valley Industry & Commerce Association luncheon at the Beverly Garden Holiday Inn, he also called the Glendale Galleria "old and tired," pointing to the financial woes of the mega-mall's parent, General Growth Properties, as a major leech on improving the property.
BUSINESS
By Jason Wells | November 13, 2008
CITY HALL — Strong second-quarter earnings for the Americana at Brand got a cautious, if not strong, endorsement from the Redevelopment Agency on Wednesday. It was the first public reckoning of a project that only a few years ago sparked citywide upheaval, nasty legal battles and several voter referendums. The Redevelopment Agency report, released Thursday, put the Americana on track to exceed sales and property tax forecasts by 11% and 42%, respectively — a figure that surprised some city officials, given the slow economy.
BUSINESS
By Tania Chatila | December 1, 2006
DOWNTOWN — A wall is what stands between the community and what will become a $324-million, 900,000-square-foot, mixed-use center that promises dining, entertainment, shopping and quality living. And behind that wall — which wraps around Central Avenue and Brand and Colorado boulevards — construction for the Americana at Brand is coming along smoothly and on schedule, officials said. "If you go out and look at the site, there's a tremendous amount of progress being made," city Director of Development Services Philip Lanzafame said.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | May 2, 2008
Tony Bennett?s voice may be among the many that will emanate from hidden speakers at the Americana at Brand for years, but to herald the opening of the development, Bennett and his band showed up in person. For an audience of about 2,000 people who had some role in the Americana?s development, Bennett followed the Four Tops, the Temptations and Natalie Cole at an invite-only, black-tie gala on the rooftop of the Americana parking structure on Thursday night. For many in attendance, the star-studded event represented the start of a new era in Glendale defined by a high-class destination that some still insist is out of place on Brand Boulevard.
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