In whose world?
MyBurbank today has a list of all the good change we can expect in the next couple of years. It’s straight from recent the “State of the City” address, accurately (and hilariously) described as delivered to “a crowd made up of the top business leaders…”
There is also proposed changes to the development landscape. Besides the new Ikea and the Talaria projects that are in progress and will be completed soon, there are several more developments on the horizon which include:
The Burbank Town Center Renovation. This already approved renovation will be completed by late 2017.
The former Ikea site. The City Council will decide in early 2018 on a proposed 15-story building that will feature 70 residential units, three 7-story buildings that will host retail and restaurant spaces as well as 259 apartments and a 200 room hotel as well as an outdoor plaza.
A new development at 103 E. Verdugo that may feature 154 residential units with a hotel or office option which will go in front of the council in mid 2017.
The Avion Burbank, which will be located across from the new terminal being built at the airport and will feature six 2-story industrial/warehouse buildings, nine 2-story creative office buildings, two 1-stort restaurants and a 150 room hotel on the 61.5 acre area.
First Street Village, located at Magnolia and First, will be considered by the Council early in 2017 and will have three 5-story buildings for 283 apartments and includes amenities such as a dog park.
A new, mixed unit project on the 100 block of Screenland that will be 13-stories high holding 40 apartments. The Planning Board will take this up next month in December.
There are also new proposed airport hotels that are in discussion at 2500 Hollywood Way that would be 8-stories and in phase 2, one of the options includes a 9-story hotel.
Another long range development is the AC Hotel at 550 N. Third St. that will be a 6-story hotel with 198 rooms.
What’s the deal with all the hotel building?
It’s a clearly bleak vision for the future of Burbank, brought to you by the latest pack of grifters and plug-ugly incompetents. The fact that staff is actively pushing this crap only justifies the fear of many Magnolia Park people that there is an organized element in this town that wants to clear cut those great old cottage-industry businesses to make room for their kind of “growth.”
The old-time merchants down there have good reason to be worried when the City of Burbank will financially support the importation of several dozen food trucks to dot their landscape during a supposedly celebratory “neighborhood” event, and yet won’t spring for Xmas decorations.