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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | August 27, 2010
City officials this week got an earful from a group of local residents who said they are fed up with months of noise, dust and traffic associated with construction on the Walt Disney Co.'s massive creative campus. At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, residents on the 1300 block of Truitt Street said they have asked Disney and city officials to ease the effects of construction on a new childcare facility being built a mere 30 feet from their homes. City officials — who told the residents they had passed their concerns to Disney officials and were unaware they had not been resolved — agreed to set up a neighborhood meeting with all stakeholders to address the issues.
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | August 22, 2011
Western Avenue will be closed under the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Glendale for construction work from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. today. Detour signs will be posted for the work, which is scheduled to close the stretch of roadway each night for the same period through Thursday, according the California Department of Transportation. The construction is part of a realignment of the interchange that is expected to be completed next summer. The majority of the work will be performed at night to minimize traffic impacts, although the construction schedule is subject to change, Caltrans warned.
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By Tania Chatila | August 17, 2006
NORTHWEST GLENDALE ? Despite having been open since the first of the month, Central Piano general manager Nick Martin said customers hardly even know the business exists. His business is in a Glendale Water and Power construction area, where crews are working to move above-ground power lines and cables underground. "We were supposed to have a grand opening with everybody from the city here, the chamber of commerce, the schools, the merchants, but this screwed it up," Martin said pointing to Central Avenue, which is lined with bright-orange construction cones and temporary no-parking signs.
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December 25, 2003
Robert Chacon Construction is almost complete at Deukmejian Wilderness Park, and Glendale city officials are preparing the 700-acre site for a grand-opening ceremony in March. With two phases of the park's construction complete, the latest phase includes construction of a new access lane on Markridge Road, a paved parking lot, an amphitheater, restrooms, picnic areas and water and sewer lines. In order to access the park's trail system, visitors have had to hike a quarter-mile to reach trailheads, said John Pearson, the city's project manager for the most recent construction.
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April 15, 2005
Rima Shah Dust, dirt and construction are driving a new kind of sidewalk sale hosted by a local bookstore owner. Maureen Palacios, owner of Once Upon a Time at Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue, is having an ongoing "Un-sidewalk sale" offering 10% off for books that begin with D in response to ongoing construction in front of her store. "For dust and dirt," she said. Although Palacios has come up with an innovative way to deal with the construction, she and other area business owners are still frustrated.
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June 18, 2005
The sound of jackhammers on Brand Boulevard while buying a latte a few yards from an open trench is not the ideal ambience for a lunchtime break. But it's a reality that will be with us for several more months, as crews continue uprooting the main drag, block by block, in order to reconstruct it. It hasn't been pretty. "It affects the business," said Jasmine Nazarian, who works at Brand Boulevard Beauty Salon. "We were against it, but nobody listens to us...
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By Austin Knoblauch | July 14, 2006
MONTROSE ? Looking out the front window of her shop on the corner of Honolulu and Montrose avenues, Jennifer Grafius isn't particularly pleased with what she sees. "For months, they had signs and barriers out there, but they haven't done anything," Grafius said, gazing at the bright, orange road construction signs and cones scattered in front of Doris' Slender Sweet Shoppe, which she co-owns with her mother, Doris Warthen. "It really hasn't effected our business, but there's so much construction going on around here that you can't escape it no matter where you go in this town."
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July 3, 2002
Janine Marnien Parents of students at Monte Vista Elementary and Rosemont Middle Schools could encounter an additional traffic problem when dropping off or picking up their child in September. The Crescenta Valley Water District will replace water mains on Rosemont Avenue, a two-lane street known for its heavy traffic before and after school. "In the morning, you can see the traffic all the way to Foothill," Rosemont parent Violet Stobaugh said.
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By John Cianfrini | December 27, 2006
First of all, all the merchants in the Adams Square Merchants Assn. want to thank many people responsible for the miraculous rebuilding of the Adams Square District. The City Council, City Manager Jim Starbird, the Redevelopment Agency, and Community Development Housing primarily orchestrated the entire project and made it possible for the city staff to do its job. I'm a general contractor and president of the Adams Square Merchants Assn., and I am doing business in this location, so I am directly affected by business disruption.
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February 2, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- The value of building construction in Glendale during the last six months of 1999 fell 19.5%, city records show. Glendale had $44.2 million in construction between July and Dec. 31, the first six months of Glendale's fiscal year. That is down from just over $55 million from the same period a year ago. The city tracks construction on a fiscal year basis rather than a calendar year. The biggest drop-off during the first six months was in the construction of multifamily dwellings that includes apartments and condos.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Construction is on track for the Museum of Neon Art, which was topped off with a 19-foot-tall red neon statue of a female diver last week, one of the many elements museum officials hope will help lure visitors to Glendale's first full-fledged art museum. The $5.2-million construction project to revamp the exterior of the 10,000-square-foot building that will house the museum is expected to be complete by the end of April or early May, said Phil Lanzafame, Glendale's economic development director.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
Glendale Community College officials are hopeful the state will give them more than $1 million to pay for unexpected costs tied to the school's lab/college services building, which is under construction. When crews broke ground on the building last fall, they didn't anticipate finding an old drainage system, unstable soil and groundwater as they prepared to construct its foundation, said Ron Nakasone, executive vice president of administrative services. Although the college has $2.1 million set aside to pay for contingency costs, college trustees have approved spending about $850,000 on change orders due to the additional unexpected costs.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com and By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 18, 2013
Though Glendale's first parklet has overcome a funding snag, officials still don't know exactly when they will begin construction on the mini-pedestrian space in downtown. The parklet, which is set to take over nearly four parking spaces in the 200 block of North Brand Boulevard, roughly across the street from the Alex Theatre, was supposed to be constructed in July, but a technical difficulty blocked a $20,000 grant for the project from entering the city's coffers. But on Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved appropriating the money, which has since been unlocked by Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization which works to improve public spaces.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | September 18, 2013
Los Angeles County officials are moving ahead with plans to construct an $800,000 public skate park in La Crescenta. The 10,000-square-foot concrete facility, located within Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park, is the brainchild of a teenage La Crescenta enthusiast who lobbied for years to see it built. Cooper Iven, who graduated from Crescenta Valley High School this year, began pushing for the park in 2011 to give teens an alternative to skateboarding in commercial areas and other places where they didn't always feel welcome.
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August 12, 2013
The start of construction on California's bullet train, one of the nation's largest "shovel ready" public work projects that was awarded stimulus funding three years ago by the Obama administration, is slipping past already-delayed target dates, interviews show. In early 2012, state officials said construction would begin that year. Early this year, officials adjusted their sights, saying they would begin building the massive new transportation network in the spring, later announcing the groundbreaking would take place in July.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 17, 2013
Opting to avoid taxing property owners, the City Council on Tuesday decided to borrow $5 million from Glendale's reserves to pay for the increased costs of the Central Library revamp. The cost of the renovations - which include moving the library entrance, relocating a staircase, seismic repairs and other improvements - has ballooned from $10 million to $15 million, not including the roughly $900,000 the city paid for design work. The City Council approved the additional funding on a 3-2 vote.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 16, 2013
Glendale's plan to apply for a "quiet zone" for trains passing through the San Fernando Corridor faces yet another delay. Officials this week confirmed that a major safety improvement project for the Broadway/Brazil Street crossing has been delayed while the city of Los Angeles waits for the approval of $900,000 in federal funding to complete the portion of the project that falls within its border. It's the latest in a series of delays that could push completion of the project - a vital part of creating a rail corridor safe enough to relax rules requiring trains to sound their horns where tracks cross streets - back to spring 2014.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 10, 2013
While anti-freeway activists have dominated the dialogue over efforts to extend the Long Beach (710) Freeway, the city of Alhambra launched the first salvo on Wednesday in its campaign to drum up support for an extension by declaring July 10 to be "710 Day. " The city hosted its first-ever 710 celebration along Fremont Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares for traffic heading to or from the 710 Freeway's current terminus. Fremont was closed from Mission Street to Valley Boulevard.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 23, 2013
The City Council this week agreed to pay $145,000 to settle a breach of contract lawsuit filed by the insurer of a construction company hired to repair slopes in Glendale that were severely damaged by a mudslide in 2005. Hartford Fire Insurance Co. filed the lawsuit Nov. 1, claiming the contractor was underpaid for excavation work that turned out to be much more intensive than what was advertised by the city. In its lawsuit, Hartford Fire originally asked for $450,000 in damages - nearly as much as the city agreed to pay the contractor, Remedial Civil Constructors Inc., in 2009.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 15, 2013
Glendale plans to begin construction on two railroad crossings in the San Fernando Road corridor in March, continuing a years-long effort to create a section of railway in which trains won't have to blow their horns. Pushed by residential noise complaints, Glendale officials have been working on improving several railroad crossings, a necessary step before the city can apply for a so-called “quiet zone” from the Federal Railroad Administration. Once all the crossings have adequate safety improvements approved by federal transportation officials, engineers could stop honking their horns when they pass a crossing, a welcome development for Pelanconi Estates residents.
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