The empty lot at Brand and Wilson (which I posted about previously here) has sold and a new, smaller project is being proposed for the site. There was a special meeting of the city council yesterday for Stage 1 Design Review on the project. Rafi Manoukian, Laura Friedman and Frank Quintero were in favor of the project but had some quibbles with details, but they all voted yes. Dave Weaver didn't support the proposal. "My viewpoint is that residential doesn't belong on Brand" -- he wants a "first class hotel" there instead (which had been proposed previously as the long proposed City Center II project) as there aren't other suitable lots in downtown Glendale for a large hotel. Ara was on the fence regarding the proposal but appeared swayed by Weaver's comments and ultimately voted no.
"This development, known as 'Brand & Wilson' envisions ground-level shops and restaurants with outdoor cafe seating, street-level town-homes with stoop entries, and apartments, with plentiful amenities for our residents, including generous outdoor space, recreation facilities, pool, and a green roof and terrace. The project will also incorporate green and sustainable practices.
The site is an approximately 60,000 square foot rectangle bordered by Brand Boulevard, Wilson Avenue, Orange Street, and the existing City Center office and retail complex to the South. The community will include 238 residential units, including six town-homes along Wilson Boulevard and Orange Street, and approximately 10,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space located at the corner of Brand and Wilson. The proposed mix of land uses requires 381 parking spaces. The design will accommodate 388 parking spaces on site, plus an additional 84 bicycle parking spaces."
Some renderings from their proposal are below. There are many details in the packet presented to the City Council here.
You can watch the presentations from the developers, public comment, and council comments in the archived video on the city website here.