CITY HALL â€” The City Council last week gave preliminary design approval to a mixed-use commercial development slated for Los Feliz Road at Glendale's entrance from Atwater Village.
The council unanimously approved Stage I design approval for the Mitaa Plaza development at 435 Los Feliz Road. The project had previously received the first stage of approval, but revisions to the project prompted a second look.
Mayor Frank Quintero said he was glad to see the major project progressing again at a time many other developments have stalled indefinitely.
â€œI'm very happy the property owner is moving forward,â€ he said. â€œYou just have to look at photos of the current site to see it's in a horrible condition.â€
The 2.1-acre site near the border of Glendale and Los Angeles is bound by Fernando Court, Gardena Avenue, Los Feliz Road and the railroad right-of-way.
The original proposal was for a six-story building with a mix of general and medical office space, a restaurant and retail tenants.
The revised four-story 163,090 square foot building will include a similar mix of tenants in addition to more medical office space. The project will also feature a Korean supermarket and a health spa.
The modern box-like design will incorporate brightly-colored glass, steels and natural stone finishes.
â€œIt's a very colorful building,â€ said Councilman Ara Najarian. â€œI'm sure it's going to be a landmark as you approach Glendale.â€
City officials said the structure would help spruce up the city's drab southeast entrance and could serve as a catalyst for additional development in the area.
â€œThis could be the beginning of a transformation of this area,â€ Quintero said.
While Glendale resident Lenore Solis, who owns a business in Atwater Village and sits on the area's neighborhood council, said the development could be a great community asset but could also add to the area's traffic problems.
â€œI went to City Council a couple of weeks ago, and I told them I hope you are going to show Los Angeles how its done in terms of traffic mitigation,â€ she said Friday.
At Tuesday's Redevelopment Agency meeting, Councilwoman Laura Friedman also said traffic concerns would be a major factor as the project proceeds with environmental review and the second stage of design approval.
â€œMy biggest concerns are mostly about traffic,â€ Friedman said. â€œIt it's going to have an impact, it's going to be there.â€