After twice being rebuked by residents who live near the proposed
Burbank Media Center project, developers hosted a community meeting
Thursday night to find out exactly what homeowners want built.
What residents want, representatives of the Platt Companies
learned, is a dramatically scaled-down project that is compatible
with the surrounding neighborhoods.
“Most of this group has already told you what we don’t want,”
Patrika Darbo said to developer Rick Platt, who sat quietly in the
audience. “Didn’t you listen to us before?”
The proposed $200-million Burbank Media Center project, which has
been in the works for three years, has undergone multiple revisions.
It originally included a 25-story building, which was reduced to 12
stories, but the downsizing didn’t sway the City Council, which
rejected the project and accompanying environmental impact report in
Speakers criticized the developer for calling the meeting and then
showing up without a revised development plan.
“Come to us with something we can touch, feel and look at,”
resident Molly Hyman said. “When you complete the project and leave,
In June, Platt filed an application with the city’s planning
department for several scenarios, principal planner Joy Forbes said,
adding that no final project is ready for review.
"[Residents] recognize something is going to go on that site,”
Platt spokesman Mark Wittenberg said. “The question is, how big and
how dense should it be?”
At least one member of the audience supported development on the
“The problem with the people here in Burbank is that they’re so
negative,” Larry Yaphe said. “They never get anything done.”
Yaphe said the proposed project would generate revenue for the
city. Not only does he favor developing the site, Yaphe sees no
reason to scale down the project.
Platt officials plan to conduct future meetings with smaller
groups, but will bow to community pressure and keep the meetings open
to all who want to attend.