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http://urbanize.la/post/rendering-revealed-north-hollywood-tod

Renderings for the Micropolitan at Chandler, a six-story apartment complex with 82 residential units and 1,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Located at Tujunga and Chandler, just one block from North Hollywood Station.

Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects.



 

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Glendale's Proposed Freeway Cap Park Revealed

24 acres above .7 miles of the 134 Freeway. The usual amenities for an urban park, with the distant possibility of a light rail/BRT station underneath the park at Brand Boulevard.

 

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Glendale's Proposed Freeway Cap Park Revealed

24 acres above .7 miles of the 134 Freeway. The usual amenities for an urban park, with the distant possibility of a light rail/BRT station underneath the park at Brand Boulevard.

This kind of development will make Glendale the best place to live in the San Fernando Valley. Looking forward to it. :):banana::banana:
 

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A few thoughts.

The concept certainly is good. But retail, with its own open space, is way south near Broadway, at the Americana. North of here is mostly sfh’s with yards. I’m not sure how broad the demand for use of this park will be. So I’d like to see about 50M of costs reduced or funded by taxes voted on by adjacent or local residents. This may flush out how much demand there really is.

Walking trails, nature walks, farmers' market and a few others are of limited value. Glendale is surrounded by mountains and hiking and biking trails, and farmers markets can go on any street like in 10k other cities. This is NOT New York screaming for more space and air. If these are desired, put a supplementary tax to a vote of adjacent residents and see how much support it gets. Or just buy some available lots and build parks (South Glendale needs them more than this area does).

Increase in office and/or residential midrise would be good; in spite of recent low rise building, this area is not that dense. This can serve to fund the cap as well.
 

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This looks like another green corridor,
just like Grand Avenue is.
People want to sit under trees, on grass.
Almost a third of this is concrete.
The walkway reminds me of Disneyland Drive,
where there are layers of vegetation for
decoration, not meant for public asses to sit on.
 

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This looks like another green corridor,
just like Grand Avenue is.
People want to sit under trees, on grass.
Almost a third of this is concrete.
The walkway reminds me of Disneyland Drive,
where there are layers of vegetation for
decoration, not meant for public asses to sit on.
True, but the good news is that that's OK because there isn't going to be much demand for it. To the north, it's almost entirely sfh's with substantial front and back yards. To the south are sfh's, low-rise and commercial; there's just not that much density. To get much utilization you need to build a lot more in the immediate area.

For 150M, you could do a lot more good work further south or west in the city buying up parkland, repairing streets, etc., and turning those into areas with demand to live in.
 

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http://urbanize.la/post/century-wests-next-lex-underway-glendale

Century West Partners breaks ground on $280-million residential-retail development at 201 Lexington Avenue in Downtown Glendale. Three six-story buildings with 494 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail space.

Right in the mold of that neighborhood. Unfortunately, not much more will be coming along if the new city council has its way. But Central has been completely transformed in the process and a couple of projects along Brand are still underway.
 

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Let's hope it's not a monolith, but something of the same scale and variety as the existing NoHo developments. Plus, show me the plaza, street life, public plantings, etc.

Btw, the comments at Urbanize LA are very juvenile: they want whoever builds the fastest to be selected. The real criteria should be ability to produce a project that creates a pleasant and walkable core which will encourage additional organic redevelopment in all directions. Not a monolith.

Based on recent LA experience, Oceanside has focused on a very inward looking project in DT. Better something like Related's Bunker Hill project which has focused on an iconic building designed specifically to engage the surrounding neighborhood and encourage outdoors and sidewalk dining, lingering, etc. But, of course, the real test is what the specific proposals for this site end up being.
 
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