December 20, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The city of Glendale has paid the first $3 million toward preserving the Oakmont View V hillside for posterity. City officials announced Thursday that escrow has closed on the $25.25-million deal. The final agreement added six acres on the southwest side of the property to the original 238, developer Lee Gregg said. Residents fought for a decade to keep Gregg's Artistic Homes from building a 572-home subdivision on the site.
January 4, 2008
GLENDALE — Protected open space in north Glendale will grow an additional 175 acres after the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority on Thursday announced the donation from local developers Sal Gangi and John Gregg. Open-space advocates and city officials hailed the no-strings-attached donation as a significant gift to the community, especially since all three parcels adjoin existing protected areas or parkland in the Verdugo Mountains and San Rafael Hills. “They deserve the respect and the honor of this community for a really generous donation,” said Laurie Collins, chief staff counsel for the authority.
December 14, 2002
Karen S. Kim Three days after the Glendale City Council received a standing ovation for its decision to buy the 238-acre Oakmont View V hillside, no documents have been signed to finalize the deal. By the end of business day Friday, no money had changed hands, nor had the land's title been transferred to Glendale. The situation doesn't seem to be worrying city officials, though. "We're still finalizing documents, as is fairly typical in a complicated transaction where you move forward pretty quickly," City Atty.
August 16, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- State Assemblyman Dario Frommer has allocated an additional $3 million toward the purchase of the Oakmont View V property. Frommer (D-Glendale) was expected to make the official announcement Wednesday at a community meeting to discuss the environmental impact report for the proposed 572-home subdivision. The funds bring the total amount of money allocated toward the purchase of the 238-acre property to $8 million.
March 10, 2003
Tim Willert The City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a $10.25-million payment to complete Glendale's purchase of the Oakmont View V property from developers John and Lee Gregg. In December, the city, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority reached agreement with the Greggs to purchase 244 acres of hillside property slated for development. The city agreed to pay $13.25 million and the state agreed to pay $12 million to preserve the land as open space.
December 13, 2002
NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- When the sale of the 238-acre Oakmont View V hillside property is over and done in April, Glendale wants to make sure it retains some ownership of the land. But the way the agreement is phrased now, it won't. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, an environmental agency that is chipping in $12 million of the $25.25 million Glendale has agreed to pay for the property, would have title to the land at the end of the sale. The City Council announced at the meeting Tuesday it would like to be included on the title.
December 7, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman It looks like the end is near for more than a decade of wrangling between local environmentalists, city officials and Gregg's Artistic Homes, which lost an uphill battle to build a 572-home development on the Oakmont View V hillside. State and local officials said Friday they're close to finalizing an agreement to buy the 238-acre property. City Council members have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to vote on the purchase, the details of which are still being hammered out. The details are sparse: Officials won't say how much the 238-acre property would go for, though in 1990, an appraiser valued the property at $46 million.
January 28, 2003
Karen S. Kim The state has given two environmental agencies the final OK to kick in $12 million toward buying Glendale's Oakmont View V property. The state's decision, which came after an appraisal valued the 244-acre property at $18 million, pushes Glendale one big step closer to closing its deal with developer Gregg's Artistic Homes. "The appraisal justifies the price," Councilman Bob Yousefian said. "The state is justified that the property is worth at least $12 million."
August 28, 2003
Joshua Pelzer Although only a handful of spectators came Wednesday to watch signs go up at the Verdugo Mountains Open Space Preserve, those who fought to make the signs possible say the meager number of visitors will grow as more people hear that the land is open. Signs were posted Wednesday at the end of Oakmont View Drive and Emanuel Drive, marking the trails and setting guidelines for safe use of the area. "I was looking for this months ago, but I couldn't find the trailheads because there were no markings," said Montrose resident and retiree Bob Thompson, who plans to hike the trails.
January 21, 2005
Robert Chacon A few hundred feet above the 210 (Foothill) Freeway, on the hills that frame the southern border of La Canada Flintridge, the city's newest hiking trail winds its way through a lush landscape made green by the recent rains. Though only a little more than a half-mile long, the Conservancy Trail connects to miles of paths in Cherry Canyon, and its gentle pitch makes it easy enough for inexperienced trail users to get away from the bustle of city life and into a tranquil setting that offers glimpses of wildlife.