Agency adds to price of project

first_imgGLENDALE – Glendale’s redevelopment agency is adding $806,000 to the $3 million-plus budget for clearing the site of the planned Americana at Brand shopping center and dealing with related legal issues. The city is in the process of clearing 15.5 acres that it is acquiring for developer Rick Caruso, so that he can build his outdoor mall there. The total project cost is $280 million, of which the city’s share is more than $77 million. City Councilman Bob Yousefian said the $806,000 in extra costs was not unexpected. “When you’re dealing with a $280 million project, on the scheme of things (it’s) not much,” he said. Meanwhile, the city is in a legal fight with the owner of the Glendale Galleria, which is near the proposed Americana at Brand. Mall owner General Growth sued the city, arguing that it failed to recognize the historical value of a firehouse and a phone company building on the project site. A judge ruled in favor of the city in January, but General Growth appealed. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Before Tuesday’s 5-0 vote to add the $806,000, the redevelopment agency had earmarked $2 million to Doja Inc. for demolition and remediation work, and $925,000 to the law firm of Oliver Sandifer Murphy & Lee to help with any litigation that could arise from property acquisition. Doja will get an extra $250,000 to remove buried objects that have been discovered during the clearing phase, including a foundation wall of the former Capitol Theater, which was demolished 15 years ago. Oliver Sandifer will get an additional $500,000 to deal with legal expenses if 13 property owner and tenant claims related to the project site at Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard all go to trial. The city could get back some of the money going to the law firm, depending on how the claims process goes. Two other companies working on the clearing will get $56,000. The clearing is expected to be finished within weeks, said Philip Lanzafame, director of development services. last_img

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