Jackass lies, combined with big money

 
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Got tipped off about this web page today. These are (apparently) some outside observations about that wannabee “Premier” downtown skyscraper project now being pushed through by the Cusumanos.

Local developer, Michael Cusmano, gave an excellent presentation of the project and answered questions in an informative manner. I expected to see community backlash to his proposal at the [Planning Board] meeting, as there was to the Cusmano Real Estate Group’s now under construction, 5 story, 241 unit, Talaria project. This may just be because Burbank NIMBYs do not yet know about this project, or hopefully because the site of the proposed project is not adjacent to any single-family households, as the Talaria project is.

While there was no opposition present, the threat of it clearly influenced some of the decisions relating to its size. The project is entitled to apply for a 25% density bonus and a reduction in parking required since it is within a quarter mile of the Downtown Burbank Metrolink station. The developers decided to apply for neither. During the question period, I asked Mr. Cusmano why this was. In regards to the density bonus, the answer essentially boiled down to the fear that it would anger local residents. I would like to point out he said in much more respectful and articulate way. The parking requirements this project must meet are absolutely ridiculous. In the residential tower, 1.75 parking spaces must be provided for every one bedroom unit, and 2 parking spaces must be provided for every two bedroom unit. In addition 1 guest parking spot must be provided for every 4 units, and 3.3 parking spaces must be provided for every 1,000 sq. ft. of retail space. This brings the grand total of parking spaces in the first phase to 445 spaces, which averages out to 2.89 spaces per residential unit.​

Here’s the extra-hilarious part:

Mr. Cusmano knows that there is a generational shift happening where Millennials, which are the demographic which will most likely end up living in this building, are revolutionizing the way we get around, and becoming less likely to own cars. He drew on examples from his personal life about his kids who are currently in college enjoy taking the train places. He says many of their friends do not own cars and enjoy that.

Consequently he believes that is almost certain that 445 parking spaces are too many, and the garage will never be full. He hypothesizes that twenty years from now, a large proportion of the parking spaces in this tower, as well as in the Talaria project, will sit empty and unused. So why doesn’t the Cusmano Real Estate Group apply for a parking reduction? Once again, it’s due to the fear of community opposition. 

Bullshit. His kids’ friends have cars when and if they want and need them. They leave them at home when they’re taking the Acela to Manhattan. And are these going to be apartments for college kids? Bullshit again on the claim that the parking spaces will be empty some day.

On Planet Xenon maybe. Which we figure is somewhere north by northwest of Malibu.

These people are just so un-fucking-believable, aren’t they? The absolute contempt they have for their listeners. Will the council be stupid enough to fall for their inane crap?

 

 

 

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17 responses to “Jackass lies, combined with big money

  1. Faux Fuddy Luddy

    Isnt that near the HUGE Ikea and all those hotels??OMG the traffic….

    • semichorus

      Didn’t you hear? Pretty soon we won’t be using cars.

      It’s insane, yes. If the council falls for this gross, out-of-scale project then they are clearly beyond redemption.

      • DixieFlyer

        Over time young Oscar may learn a thing or two up at CalPoly SLO such as how to budget and pay the rent.

        San Luis Obispo isn’t Burbank, and the prices could well be different.

        While in College he may or may not have a car.

        He may or may not pay for it or his own rent.

        By the time he graduates, hopefully Mike C. will remember him and off er him a decent place to live, at a decent price–with no parking.

        After all the new “M’s” do not even WANT cars, do they?

  2. chad

    Well we live in the present and there are rules about parking. But I guess when you are as rich and arrogant as the Cusumanos, you feel like you can change anything – including building codes. I also like the research. His kids and friends are getting away from cars. That’s a broad demographic to I’m sure. That’s about as scientific as a one day traffic count.

    • semichorus

      It’s also not true. They’re not taking the bus to Nobu. The most they’re doing is taking the Metro around Paris, or maybe getting lost in Brooklyn on the 3.

  3. Troy

    I realize some of you are just stuck in this old thinking from past decades and its hard for you to understand but Millennials are far more conscious of our environment and reject this idea of oil and waste.

    Mr Cusamano is correct a shift is taking place and soon there will be no privately owned vehicles, instead there will be clean and sustainable public transportation and bikes. This new construction is underway as part of the movement to create sustainable living in walkable and liveable work, live and shop areas that are located adjacent to public transportation hubs.

    We are and will correct the grotesque and wasteful communities of the past and create modern, planet friendly living where people can be environmentally friendly and we protect the planet and its resources for our future.

    • semichorus

      “Mr. Cusumano” is full of shit. He’s trying to get more freebies from the City of Burbank by clearly lying about his kids’ friends. They ALL have access to cars when they want them, and probably more than one or two. The only time they don’t use them is when they’re on one of their many vacations, or are living in a dorm somewhere fancy.

      Worse, if anything, Cusumano exemplifies the kind of craven materialism that you think “The Millenials” are dealing with.

      Dream on about your future– which btw does not sound very harmonious or sustainable. Southern California will never be a mass transit kind of place. You gonna take the train to Malibu? Which one being planned?

      If anything, LA will instead help to pioneer the type of real “sustainable” personal vehicles that people want and need.

      Your future is nightmarish. You also have no idea what you’re talking about when it comes to this older generation. Who do you think invented Earth Day?

    • Anonymous

      “Troy
      March 9, 2016 at 6:47 am
      I realize some of you are just stuck in this old thinking from past decades and its hard for you to understand but Millennials are far more conscious of our environment and reject this idea of oil and waste.”

      Nah, I’m stuck in reality and understand completely that you are clueless about. And here’s the proof:

      “Mr Cusamano is correct a shift is taking place and soon there will be no privately owned vehicles, instead there will be clean and sustainable public transportation and bikes.”

      “Soon”? LIke 40 years, 100 years? What’s your timeline there Nostrodamus?

      “This new construction is underway as part of the movement to create sustainable living in walkable and liveable work, live and shop areas that are located adjacent to public transportation hubs.”

      Sounds great when selling it to council, only nobody want’s it except those who can’t afford to live here. BTW, are you paying attention Millenial child, all new construction has been tagged “high end”! You guys can’t even pay off your school loans which is why you still live with mommie and daddy and don’t drive a car cuz you can’t afford it so how you gonna afford “high end”?

      “We are and will correct the grotesque and wasteful communities of the past and create modern, planet friendly living where people can be environmentally friendly and we protect the planet and its resources for our future.”

      Oh cry me a river, mankind has been hearing that for well a couple of milleniums. Is that what you went in debt for in school? Burp, next!

  4. Anonymous

    Did she work at Hooters? She has the pose.

  5. chad

    Troy, I only wish you were right. I still have hope that Los Angeles and some other parts of the country will become less car dependent. I think the next step is getting away from fossil fuel dependency. That said, if we move to electric cars we still have the nagging question of how you make more, clean electricity to power the electric cars. It’s not an unsurmountable problem but will still have to address how we can make electricity without fossil fuel and nuclear power. However, Troy, if you truly believe what you wrote, Cusumano is not your man. Have you seen Cusumano making fun of environmental regulations as he was “lecturing” to high school students? Cusumano is about maximizing profit by any means necessary and with the cream puffs in city hall it truly is a cake walk for someone like him.

  6. Anonymous

    My 25yo can’t live without her car. She works and likes traveling in her car. There is NO public transportation that could accommodate her to and from anything.
    And HTF do you get home on the redline when the clubs close at 2 and the redline closes at 10. It’s why uber is so popular. But wait that’s using a god forsaken car!

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