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May 26, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Glendale is preparing to spend $40,000 for removing lead and asbestos materials from buildings scheduled for demolition on two park sites. Bids are being sought from contractors for the demolition work and removal of hazardous materials. A garage will be demolished at Deukmejian Wilderness Park to build a parking lot to serve the park. The site has a residence that will be renovated and used by a park caretaker. At Elk Mini Park, two homes need to be cleared for the park that will have playground equipment, lighting, fencing and walkways.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | March 21, 2008
MONTROSE — A more than 90-year-old house that local historians say is among the oldest in Montrose could be razed by the end of the month by a developer who is looking to replace the structure with a five-unit apartment building. La Crescenta-based developers Voskanian & Tahmasian Properties obtained a demolition permit on March 6 to remove the Craftsman-style cottage at 2128 Glenada Ave., said Paul Novak, planning deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
NEWS
July 24, 2003
Joshua Pelzer In the absence of an updated record of Glendale's historical resources, the city will attempt to save properties with historic value from demolition through an urgency ordinance passed by the City Council. The law requires that demolition permit applications not linked to a development or requiring state environmental review go before the city's planning director to determine if the structure has historic value. If the planning director finds that it might, state review would be required.
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By Charles Cooper | January 26, 2007
Local resident Odalis Suarez complained to the Town Council at its most recent meeting about the demolition of a home at 2748 Frances Avenue. The home, a 1930s era structure, was torn down on a Sunday, without a demolition permit. Suarez said the crew of 20 declined to show any permits when requested for what they were doing, and she later learned that no permit had been issued. Since the county Public Works Department has no weekend number, Suarez said she called the sheriff, but no criminal violation was involved.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 29, 2011
DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — The sounds of breaking glass filled the air Friday as demolition of the former Circuit City building started to make way for a new six-story residential building that will cater to younger tenants. The development — dubbed Broadway Lofts — will replace the long-vacant former Circuit City building at Maryland Avenue and Broadway and feature 208 lofts and apartments, ranging from 360-square-foot studios to 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom units, ground-floor retail tenants and a variety of rooftop amenities.
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By: Barbara Diamond | September 30, 2005
Demolition began Friday on an Oriole Drive home declared a public nuisance by the City Council at the Sept. 20 meeting. The owner of the property at 925 Oriole Drive -- dubbed "the mausoleum" by neighbors -- was the only holdout to agreements that allow the city to enter private property and demolish and remove structures damaged in the June 1 landslide. Demolition and removal of debris is necessary so that emergency repairs and temporary fixes -- known as winterization -- can move forward.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
RAISING PAY, BENEFITS FOR SOME CITY WORKERS WHAT HAPPENED The City Council approved two urgency ordinances Tuesday to increase the pay and benefits for public-safety personnel and general city staff. WHAT IT MEANS The adjustments compensate for cost-of-living increases stipulated in four-year contract agreements with employee associations. The increases are retroactive to July 1. General employees receive a 3.5% pay raise from last year, and next year will receive up to a 7% increase.
NEWS
April 13, 2007
The groundbreaking for the new La Crescenta Library has been postponed from this month, a decision that leaves Town Council president Grace Andrus "disappointed." She said she couldn't object to the reason for the delay, to allow the county to make design changes suggested by the community. "They were going to put fake rock on the facade," she said. "We didn't like that." A spokesperson for Supervisor Mike Antonovich confirmed the delay was due largely to accommodate design changes, but it was also intended to bring the groundbreaking closer to the actual construction.
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The Los Angeles Times | July 18, 2011
The first drivers roared up the newly reopened 405 Freeway at high noon Sunday, honking horns, kicking up roostertails of demolition dust, arms stretched through open windows to wave at no one in particular. And so the reprieve from freeway traffic ended early, along with the planned weekend closure that had threatened to unleash "Carmageddon" if not for the public's cooperation.  Contractors had padded the schedule to allow for unforeseen mishaps in tearing down half of the Mulholland Drive bridge before the Monday morning rush, risking enormous fines and public disdain under an international spotlight if they were late.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 6, 2013
The Glendale Historical Society has bolstered its efforts to prevent the demolition of a commercial building on San Fernando Road with a report about its historic qualities , but a report commissioned by the property owner contests the society's findings. The society previously raised concerns about the demolition of the building at 3901 San Fernando Road, which would be torn down to make room for a new five-story apartment project called The Link. The project is currently undergoing the environmental review process with the city.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 28, 2013
This story has been corrected, see below for details. The Glendale Historical Society is hoping that a mixed-use development that recently won preliminary city approval for a plan to build apartments and commercial space in south Glendale won't necessitate destruction of what it says is a historically significant building. Society members have requested that an environmental review of the project include a thorough analysis of the historical and architectural significance of a 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival-style building on the site at 3901 San Fernando Road.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 1, 2012
Despite efforts to stop it, the chemical Chromium 6 has been seeping into Glendale groundwater for years at the site of a defunct plating company. By early next month, that will start to change. Ralphs Grocery Co. plans to finalize the purchase of the nearly 1-acre property near the border of Los Angeles and Glendale within the next two weeks. With that done, it will begin cleaning up the contaminated dirt left behind by Excello Plating Co. in order to expand the grocer's distribution center next door.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 5, 2011
It's been an eyesore for more than eight months, but it now appears that a burned-out house on Brockmont Drive soon may be demolished. The house at 318 Brockmont was gutted by a fire on Nov. 27, 2010. Since then, a neighbor has reported seeing several kids - and even coyotes - hanging out in the vacant shell of a structure. Neighbors also are concerned about mosquito swarms caused by a stagnant pool, and about how the damaged structure is impacting home values in the neighborhood.
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The Los Angeles Times | July 18, 2011
The first drivers roared up the newly reopened 405 Freeway at high noon Sunday, honking horns, kicking up roostertails of demolition dust, arms stretched through open windows to wave at no one in particular. And so the reprieve from freeway traffic ended early, along with the planned weekend closure that had threatened to unleash "Carmageddon" if not for the public's cooperation.  Contractors had padded the schedule to allow for unforeseen mishaps in tearing down half of the Mulholland Drive bridge before the Monday morning rush, risking enormous fines and public disdain under an international spotlight if they were late.
NEWS
February 25, 2011
A recent letter regarding the Verdugo Hills Golf Course suggests demolition of the golf course would create all kinds of retail jobs (“Close that open space and put people to work,” Feb. 22). This is not true. The proposed project, 229 four- and five-bedroom houses, would create construction jobs, not long-term retail. The writer may also be unaware the city of Los Angeles has already approved 223 houses less than a mile west of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. In 2005, the L.A. City Council OK’d Canyon Hills/Whitebird, a large housing project in the undeveloped canyons and hillsides adjacent to La Tuna Canyon Road and the Foothill (210)
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 29, 2011
DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — The sounds of breaking glass filled the air Friday as demolition of the former Circuit City building started to make way for a new six-story residential building that will cater to younger tenants. The development — dubbed Broadway Lofts — will replace the long-vacant former Circuit City building at Maryland Avenue and Broadway and feature 208 lofts and apartments, ranging from 360-square-foot studios to 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom units, ground-floor retail tenants and a variety of rooftop amenities.
SPORTS
By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press | November 13, 2010
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — For the first time in more than a year, the Glendale High football team got to celebrate. And did it ever. The Nitros thumped Pacific League and cross-town rival Hoover, 54-19, on Friday at Moyse Field, ending their 2010 season with smiles and joyful tears that they hadn't experienced since last winning a game in 2009. "This was the biggest game," said a teary-eyed Chan Kim, the Nitros' star running back of the night who rushed for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
NEWS
August 30, 2009
The City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposed $40,000 increase to a contract between the city and Interior Demolition Inc. to fund the demolition of the Griffith Manor Park’s community building. The increased funding would also pay for soil engineering, testing and quality control for a proposed right-of-way. The demolition of the community building will initiate renovations of the park, which is slated for October. WHAT TO EXPECT The council will likely approve the $40,000 increase because it is already available in two accounts set up for the projects.
SPORTS
By Gabriel Rizk | May 6, 2009
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — With every Prep League win it puts in the books, a playoff berth for the Flintridge Prep softball team is looking more and more like sure thing. So is the Rebels’ offense, which, after clobbering Westridge, 19-2, in five innings Tuesday at Prep, has averaged just over 17 runs per contest over its last three. Abbey Deckop and Denise van der Goot each homered for the Rebels, who racked up 21 hits and broke the game open with an eight-run second inning, in which 13 batters came to the plate.
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