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By Charles Cooper | November 24, 2005
The long-anticipated Glendale Town Center may be under construction shortly after the first of the year, following a court ruling dismissing a challenge from a rival center. The way was apparently cleared for the project, known as the Americana on Brand, when the State Court of Appeals rejected a challenge against the environmental impact report prepared on the project. The legal fight came from General Growth Properties, owner of the Glendale Galleria, which also financed an unsuccessful referendum effort to stop the project, and has been steadfast in its opposition to the Town Center, which will be located next to the Galleria.
NEWS
February 21, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- Allen Brandstater is a candidate who doesn't mind taking a controversial stand. While the rest of the City Council field seem to have concluded that it would be political suicide to support the development of the Oakmont V subdivision, Brandstater is the project's enthusiastic champion. "I believe in building new homes in Glendale for the people who work and live here," he said. Environmental arguments are interesting, but Brandstater has his eyes on tax revenue.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | December 23, 2005
The long-debated Glendale Town Center is apparently on target for an April 2008 opening following court action this week. General Growth Properties, owner of the Glendale Galleria, signaled its readiness to abandon the legal contest to block the project by asking the Court of Appeals for permission to withdraw its challenge of the environmental impact report on the project. The court has ruled against the suit and denied per mission to withdraw it, saying the matter was completed.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
As a longtime La Canada Flintridge resident, I shop occasionally in Glendale and have followed with great interest the developing sage of the Glendale Town Center. Since most of the "letters" printed in the Community Commentary have been highlighted with a contrasting color, I have been unsure about their commercial support, but they have been very well written and have done an excellent job of supporting Caruso and the city of Glendale. The June 3 commentary ("General Growth survey full of misleading information")
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | August 18, 2006
The Verdugo Workforce Investment Area will be serving fewer clients next year, due to a reduction in funding, according to the report of plans for 2006-2007. The WIA, housed in the Glendale employment development department offices and some satellite sites, serves the cities of Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada Flintridge, as the Verdugo Consortium. The program offer job search and training services for adults and young people, and operates one of seven One-Stop Centers in the county.
NEWS
August 19, 2003
Ryan Carter A major theater chain has announced it will build a 16-screen, state-of-the-art stadium-seat theater in the heart of Glendale. Pacific Theatres, which operates more than 450 screens throughout California and Hawaii, will build the multiplex into the Town Center, a yet-to-be-developed 15.5-acre campus of residential units, dining and retail establishments and a park. The city is spending an estimated $57 million to buy the land for the $170-million Town Center project.
NEWS
October 1, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum With an unexpected hurdle behind him, Rick Caruso can focus on completing his environmental study and advancing to the construction phase of the Glendale Town Center. He just hopes General Growth Properties stays out of his way. "We're going to continue working on the plan, meeting with the community and getting the [environmental study] out sometime in November," Caruso said. But Caruso and city officials are concerned that General Growth, owner of the Glendale Galleria and author of a competing plan for the Town Center, will try to stop Caruso's project in court.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
Joshua Pelzer City officials presented their site plan for the Glendale Town Center at a meeting with commercial real estate brokers and property managers Thursday at The Alex Theatre. The plan represents the first stage of a design review for the $173-million project. "The whole purpose of this project is to create something that the whole community can feel ownership of and can come to and have city and community celebrations and really works as a fun place to go," said Philip Lanzafame, assistant director of development services.
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By Charles Cooper | August 20, 2004
As the Sept. 14 referendum vote on the Glendale Town Center approaches, action is continuing on a number of battlegrounds. Glendale officials have agreed to abide by a judge's order not to demolish old Fire Station 21 and the Former Pacific Bell building, both within the area designated for the Town Center redevelopment project. General Growth Properties, owner of the Glendale Galleria, which abuts the 15-acre Town Center site in downtown Glendale, filed suit challenging the environmental impact report prepared for the project.
NEWS
April 2, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum The finger-pointing started almost immediately after the sudden and surprising collapse of the Glendale Town Center. Councilmen Rafi Manoukian and Dave Weaver blame their colleagues and General Growth, owners of the Glendale Galleria. Councilman Bob Yousefian blames the city's staff. While city workers are trying to avoid playing the blame game, a few cast their eyes to the council. Welcome to City Hall on D-Day. The word of the day?
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By Charles Cooper | August 18, 2006
The Verdugo Workforce Investment Area will be serving fewer clients next year, due to a reduction in funding, according to the report of plans for 2006-2007. The WIA, housed in the Glendale employment development department offices and some satellite sites, serves the cities of Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada Flintridge, as the Verdugo Consortium. The program offer job search and training services for adults and young people, and operates one of seven One-Stop Centers in the county.
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By Charles Cooper | December 23, 2005
The long-debated Glendale Town Center is apparently on target for an April 2008 opening following court action this week. General Growth Properties, owner of the Glendale Galleria, signaled its readiness to abandon the legal contest to block the project by asking the Court of Appeals for permission to withdraw its challenge of the environmental impact report on the project. The court has ruled against the suit and denied per mission to withdraw it, saying the matter was completed.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | November 24, 2005
The long-anticipated Glendale Town Center may be under construction shortly after the first of the year, following a court ruling dismissing a challenge from a rival center. The way was apparently cleared for the project, known as the Americana on Brand, when the State Court of Appeals rejected a challenge against the environmental impact report prepared on the project. The legal fight came from General Growth Properties, owner of the Glendale Galleria, which also financed an unsuccessful referendum effort to stop the project, and has been steadfast in its opposition to the Town Center, which will be located next to the Galleria.
NEWS
February 7, 2005
General Growth should cut its losses General Growth Properties should cut its losses and try to be a good neighbor. The passage of Measures A, B and C in September and Judge Robert O'Brien's decision in favor of the Town Center project would be enough for most rational businesspeople to realize that this project will continue to move ahead. Instead of looking for ways to further encumber and delay our new Town Center, General Growth should begin looking at constructive ways to accelerate and enhance the connectivity they keep complaining is missing from the Americana at Brand project.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
I have two words for Americana's critics: the Grove. Caruso's immensely popular L.A. development best answers criticism of his plans for Glendale. Comparisons between the Fairfax district of five years ago and today's Glendale Town Center are entirely valid -- and Americana can equal or surpass the Grove's astonishing success. Will Americana bring more traffic to the area? You bet it will. The Grove brought more traffic to Fairfax, Beverly and 3rd Street, but smart design, good planning and ample parking capacity ensures that the area, while busy, continues to move.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | August 20, 2004
As the Sept. 14 referendum vote on the Glendale Town Center approaches, action is continuing on a number of battlegrounds. Glendale officials have agreed to abide by a judge's order not to demolish old Fire Station 21 and the Former Pacific Bell building, both within the area designated for the Town Center redevelopment project. General Growth Properties, owner of the Glendale Galleria, which abuts the 15-acre Town Center site in downtown Glendale, filed suit challenging the environmental impact report prepared for the project.
NEWS
August 18, 2004
Throwing out arguments and hoping one sticks I consider myself to be well-informed on the issues surrounding the Town Center, now known as Americana at Brand. So far, I have heard a lot of reasons to vote no on measures A, B and C, including the weather ("it's too hot, it's too cold"), the land and cash giveaway, the "virus" infecting our city, the "backdoor" wheeling and dealing, the traffic gridlock, the unsightly billboards, the demolition of a historic firehouse, the "it's not about competition ... ", not to mention the phone surveys and door-to-door opponents who phrase the survey questions to slant their agenda.
NEWS
August 16, 2004
Do you really want the Grove to come to your town? I wonder how many of those in favor of the Glendale Town Center project actually grew up in Los Angeles, like I did. If they grew up here, or even moved here in the last millennium, they might remember going to the Original Farmers Market on 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, one of the few remaining attractions of any charm left in this overbuilt city. If they did, they might remember how one used to be able to park there with relative ease, before the awful Grove was built.
NEWS
August 4, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum The editor of a bilingual Armenian- and English-language newspaper that has been critical of a proposed $264.2-million outdoor mall will receive more than $5,000 from a campaign fighting the project. Appo Jabarian, managing editor of USA Armenian Life Weekly, is owed $5,372 from the No on A, B and C campaign for work while referendum petitions were circulated, according to documents submitted by the campaign to the city. "During a period of 25 days, I helped the campaign to witness and/or gather signatures, and I was able to gather over 3,000 signatures," Jabarian said.
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