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Downtown could be getting a new look

Laura Sturza

With the city’s plans for a new community services building on

hold, a new Central Library could beat it to the finish line.

Both projects were approved by the Planning Board on Monday, along

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with plans for the Burbank Civic Plaza -- which would include

offices, retail businesses and parking.

The city hit the pause button on plans for the Development and

Community Services Building and the Administrative Services Building

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while awaiting word on how state budget cuts will trickle down

locally, Public Works Director Bruce Feng said.

The Development and Community Services Building -- planned for

construction at the corner of Orange Grove Avenue and Third Street --

will offer a one-stop shop for handling most city business, replacing

the former Municipal Services Building. Administrative Services will

house the city’s financial, information technology and management

services.

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But the city’s new Central Library, originally expected to take up

to 10 years to break ground, could be underway as soon as late 2004,

if voters approve the library bond measure Feb. 25 and the city can

secure grant funds.

The city’s master plan also includes redevelopment of the site

known as the Old Police Block. The Planning Board unanimously

approved plans for Burbank Civic Plaza to be built at the corner of

Olive Avenue and Third Street by the Cusumano Group.

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“It certainly is pedestrian friendly,” Planning Board member Gary

Olson said. “I think it’s going to be a wonderful addition to our

community.”

All of the projects approved by the board are expected to be

reviewed by the City Council on March 11.

The council was scheduled to review plans Tuesday for an adjacent

project called Burbank Village Walk. Plans for the Olson Company

project include 140 apart- ments and a major restaurant chain like

the Cheesecake Factory that would draw people to the city from

outlying areas, Principal Planner Joy Forbes said.

If approved by the City Council, Burbank Village Walk and Burbank

Civic Plaza could break ground by spring, Forbes said.


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