Glendale OKs major Disney expansion

The Glendale City Council this week gave its blessing to a proposed 338,000-square-foot expansion of Walt Disney Co.'s creative campus.

The plans call for a six-story office building walled largely in glass, landscaping with palm trees and a park-like area for outdoor activities.

"It's a beautiful project," Councilwoman Laura Friedman, chairwoman of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, said during a public hearing on the development. "It's going to look terrific and certainly improve the area aesthetically."

The expansion will include the main six-story building, a five-story wing with a basement and a six-story parking garage with solar panels.

Disney representatives said they expected to break ground in September.

"This project will not only enable the physical transformation of the San Fernando Road corridor, but will also provide fiscal benefits that will contribute to the vitality" of the area, said Neil Jurgens, vice president of design and delivery for Disney.

Disney said the expansion would bring 1,200 new jobs to the creative campus, in addition to about 200 construction jobs.

Disney's 125-acre campus in northwest Glendale houses the headquarters of KABC-TV and other entertainment properties. The proposed expansion is the second phase of a project to redevelop an area around the city's historic Grand Central Air Terminal. Disney plans to eventually develop up to 5.95 million square feet of offices and outdoor space.

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