AIRPORT DISTRICT -- The Burbank Redevelopment Agency has moved to
acquire the sixth of eight properties needed to proceed with a unique
housing project near Burbank Airport.
The Burbank City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency,
unanimously approved a deal that would pay owners Fernando Acosta and
Maria Mata $220,000 for their duplex at 2245 N. Fairview St.
The agency appraised the 7,500-square-foot property for $195,000,
according to a city report, but the two owners have not budged from the
Santa Monica-based M. David Paul Development has submitted plans to
Burbank to construct 20 homes and a children’s day-care center on a
1.5-acre site, which is bordered by Ontario Street, Thornton Avenue and
Fairview Street. The developer and city officials would like to start
construction on the $3.8-million project by mid-2000, but the
Redevelopment Agency has run into resistance from the remaining two
The agency has made offers to those owners, John Weins and Evelia
Goebelsmann, but has yet to strike a deal, said Redevelopment Project
Manager Jack Lynch.
“We’re still trying to reach an agreement,” Lynch said. “They’ve asked
for considerably more.”
M. David Paul Development has given the agency between $2.5 million
and $2.9 million to acquire the eight properties, Lynch said.
The project will add permanent housing to replace the rental units
currently sitting on the property, Community Development Director Bob
“It brings town homes, so there will be much more ownership,” Tague
said. “It will bring some stability to the area.”
In addition, the day-care facility, which is planned to accommodate
100 youngsters from infant to 5 years old, will fill a growing need in
Burbank, Lynch said.
“It’s very acutely a problem in the country and the city,” Lynch said.
The redevelopment agency will subsidize some of the openings in the
child-care center to make the service more affordable, Lynch said.
Paul, who is also developing Media Studios North -- a 19-acre office
and studio complex -- in the airport district, said the area will be
changing for the better in the first decade of the 21st century.
“I think it’s the place of the future in Burbank,” Paul said. “It’s
got all the transportation modes close by.”