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February 15, 2013
Glendale art lovers and civic boosters alike can be excused this week for having a certain glow about them: At long last, the Museum of Neon Art has been given the green light to begin work on its new home. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a $1.6-million contract to revamp the city-owned structure at 216 S. Brand Blvd. into a luminous, glass-sheathed light-box of a museum. Those familiar with the project know all too well that the path has not been smooth. The museum, founded in 1981, moved out of its downtown Los Angeles digs in June 2011, lured by the promise of an improved property here financed with redevelopment money.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 11, 2012
Glendale will get its museum of neon after all. The Museum of Neon Art, which was in jeopardy of losing its $5.2-million deal to move to Glendale, will move forward as planned, according to Philip Lanzafame, the city's officer for economic development and asset management. After a closed - session meeting on Wednesday at City Hall, the board in charge of winding down redevelopment-related obligations and assets decided to honor the city's commitments to Los Angeles-based MONA, which would have faced homelessness if the deal had fallen through.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 13, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.6-million construction contract for the long-awaited Museum of Neon Art, sealing a marquee addition to the downtown corridor that had been jeopardized by the dissolution of local redevelopment. Construction on the building across from the Americana at Brand is now set to begin in April - and MONA's executive director, Kim Koga, said she couldn't be more excited. “I can't wait for the building,” Koga said. The museum, which has seen its share of controversy since it was first approved in 2011, was on the line after state lawmakers took over redevelopment assets from local agencies to close a multibillion-dollar budget gap in February 2012.
NEWS
September 25, 2009
This week was a big one for Glendale in terms of art and groceries. The city initiated formal negotiations with Trader Joe’s for a possible store in Montrose and with the Los Angeles-based Museum of Neon Art for a move to Brand Boulevard. Both ventures have the political and public inertia to carry them through to fruition, which means a major boost for Glendale on multiple fronts. Beyond the benefits to shoppers in Montrose and to the city’s anemic art scene, the negotiations prove that Glendale is still, despite the languid economy.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
A new well-known museum, a complete revamp of a drab city block, a pedestrian walkway that opens onto changing retail landscape — the Brand Boulevard corridor, or at least two blocks of it, could soon be a whole lot different from what it is now. And no, Rick Caruso is not paying for it. Plans to redevelop the 200 block of Brand into a series of more modern and inviting storefronts alongside a new space for the Museum of Neon Art will...
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | August 14, 2010
GLENDALE — During its month-long run, an exhibition of art inspired from the remnants of last summer's Station fire attracted more than 2,000 patrons and raised more than $40,000, organizers said. Most of the money raised at the exhibition — held at the future home of the Museum of Neon Art at 216 S. Brand Blvd. — will support rehabilitation efforts at Glendale's Deukmejian Wilderness Park, which saw nearly all of its 709 acres scorched during the Station fire.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | January 21, 2011
An important roadblock to moving the Museum of Neon Art to Glendale was removed this week after the city agreed to acquire a Brand Boulevard building for roughly $1 million. Andranik Shahinian, who owned the Brand Arcade at 212 S. Brand Blvd., sold the city the property, as well as the games and recreational equipment it contained, said his commercial real estate agent, Greg Astorian. The purchase will allow the 30-year-old nonprofit museum, now based in downtown Los Angeles, to move into a larger facility in Glendale, which has heavily subsidized its move.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | November 26, 2010
DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — A vacant building across from the Americana at Brand has once again been transformed into a gallery, the second event curated by a local arts nonprofitusing remnants from past fires. Several hundred community leaders and arts patrons last weekend gathered at 216. S. Brand Blvd. to celebrate the opening of "Inspire" — an exhibition featuring more than 150 pieces by 45 different artists. It is the second exhibition Glendale-based nonprofit Art from the Ashes has produced at the city-owned building, the future home of the Museum of Neon Art. "This is a good use for the space and keeps interest alive in the meantime," said City Councilman John Drayman, who helped orchestrate MONA's move to Glendale.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | March 25, 2011
CITY HALL — The City Council last week pushed forward with plans for a pedestrian walkway that will link a number of the city's downtown civic buildings to Brand Boulevard across from the Americana at Brand. Council members approved design work done to date and instructed staffers to continue the work. The paseo — which has been a concept for nearly a decade — will create a pedestrian connector between the new Adult Recreation Center, Central Park, a revamped Central Library and Brand Boulevard.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 13, 2013
Five years, so far, in the making - and facing many obstacles along the way - the Museum of Neon Art had its official groundbreaking Wednesday morning in Glendale, incorporating a fitting touch, a neon shovel. The museum, which has bounced around Los Angeles since 1981, is one step closer to putting down roots across the street from the Americana at Brand. Once it opens, it will become Glendale's first full-fledged art museum. “It's been a long haul moving from place to place and finally we're going to have a home here in Glendale,” said David Svenson, president of the museum's board of directors.
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NEWS
February 15, 2013
Glendale art lovers and civic boosters alike can be excused this week for having a certain glow about them: At long last, the Museum of Neon Art has been given the green light to begin work on its new home. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a $1.6-million contract to revamp the city-owned structure at 216 S. Brand Blvd. into a luminous, glass-sheathed light-box of a museum. Those familiar with the project know all too well that the path has not been smooth. The museum, founded in 1981, moved out of its downtown Los Angeles digs in June 2011, lured by the promise of an improved property here financed with redevelopment money.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 13, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.6-million construction contract for the long-awaited Museum of Neon Art, sealing a marquee addition to the downtown corridor that had been jeopardized by the dissolution of local redevelopment. Construction on the building across from the Americana at Brand is now set to begin in April - and MONA's executive director, Kim Koga, said she couldn't be more excited. “I can't wait for the building,” Koga said. The museum, which has seen its share of controversy since it was first approved in 2011, was on the line after state lawmakers took over redevelopment assets from local agencies to close a multibillion-dollar budget gap in February 2012.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 11, 2012
Glendale will get its museum of neon after all. The Museum of Neon Art, which was in jeopardy of losing its $5.2-million deal to move to Glendale, will move forward as planned, according to Philip Lanzafame, the city's officer for economic development and asset management. After a closed - session meeting on Wednesday at City Hall, the board in charge of winding down redevelopment-related obligations and assets decided to honor the city's commitments to Los Angeles-based MONA, which would have faced homelessness if the deal had fallen through.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
With the consequences of the state's decision to abolish local redevelopment continuing to roil Glendale, this week the Museum of Neon Art emerged as a potential casualty. It seems the $5.2-million deal approved by the now-defunct Redevelopment Agency to move the venerable museum from its downtown L.A. space into a renovated property across from the Americana at Brand is at risk of being dissolved by the oversight board in charge of untangling Glendale from its redevelopment obligations and sending more redevelopment property taxes to the state.
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By Kirk Silsbee | July 25, 2012
It's a safe bet that most of us don't drive at night the same way that Eric Lynxwiler does. Sure, we all perambulate in one kind of vehicle or another, in a more-or-less legal manner. But the 37-year-old Lynxwiler has a passion and a skill set that sets him apart. Lynxwiler is one of our most informed and discerning urban archaeologists. He searches out neon signs in the Southern California night, evaluating and appreciating them in a way that very few people are able. The graphic designer and art director's name is known to but a few. But for those who have been lucky enough to find a seat on one of the many double-decker bus tours that Lynxwiler has conducted for the Museum of Neon Art in the last 13 years, you know what an informative and entertaining historian/raconteur he is. He's one of those rare specialists who can outline his subjects in perspectives both fun and educational.
NEWS
March 28, 2011
I fail to understand the City Council's support for the proposed Museum of Neon Art (“Council set to ink museum deal,” March 26), while at the same time letting A Noise Within, an established cultural entity with a large and committed following, leave the city. Councilman Dave Weaver's instincts are correct. No way will this be financially viable. Some years ago, the city missed the opportunity to relocate the Colony Theater, another entity with a loyal following, to Glendale.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
A new well-known museum, a complete revamp of a drab city block, a pedestrian walkway that opens onto changing retail landscape — the Brand Boulevard corridor, or at least two blocks of it, could soon be a whole lot different from what it is now. And no, Rick Caruso is not paying for it. Plans to redevelop the 200 block of Brand into a series of more modern and inviting storefronts alongside a new space for the Museum of Neon Art will...
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | March 25, 2011
CITY HALL — The City Council last week pushed forward with plans for a pedestrian walkway that will link a number of the city's downtown civic buildings to Brand Boulevard across from the Americana at Brand. Council members approved design work done to date and instructed staffers to continue the work. The paseo — which has been a concept for nearly a decade — will create a pedestrian connector between the new Adult Recreation Center, Central Park, a revamped Central Library and Brand Boulevard.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | March 25, 2011
CITY HALL — Glendale is poised to ink a 15-year lease with the Los Angeles-based Museum of Neon Art — a $5.2-million deal that city officials say will reenergize the area across from the Americana at Brand. The city-owned buildings near the corner of Brand Boulevard and Harvard Street will serve as a new permanent home for the nonprofit museum that offers educational classes alongside changing exhibitions of photography and contemporary and vintage neon art. The City Council is scheduled to vote on deal Tuesday.
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