Not all of the office building activity in Burbank is in the so-called "Media District" near the film studios; construction activity is also visible in the city's famous "beautiful" downtown area.
A case in point is the $5.5-million, 32,000-square-foot headquarters of Thomas Realty Co. Inc., to be built on the site of the present Thomas Realty building now being demolished at Olive Avenue and Golden Mall.
Scheduled for completion next spring, the three-story brick-faced atrium structure will cover half the block between Olive and Angeleno avenues on the west side of the Golden Mall. The architect is J. A. Rinaldi Associates AIA, Westlake Village.
"We are aiming for a comfortable, homelike atmosphere contained in the most modern, deluxe offices," according to Thomas M. Tunnicliffe, president of the firm. He added that Thomas Realty will occupy 8,000 square feet of space in the building, with the rest available for lease.
Features of the building include the three-level atrium court and skylight, patios on the first floor and penthouse level and informal meeting areas on the ground floor of the atrium court.
Space available for rent will range from 600 square feet up and each suite will include a private rest room, Tunnicliffe said. The building will have parking for 61 cars. Michael Maginn Construction Co., Burbank, is the general contractor.
In another move, the full-service Thomas Realty has acquired Chamberlain Realty, also known as Preston Realty and Chamberlain Realty, long-time specialists in Burbank industrial and commercial realty.
"The impeccable reputation of Hugh Chamberlain, current owner of the firm, makes his company a most welcome acquisition," Thomas vice president Jerry Hungerford said.