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Writer objects to Glendale Unified’s proposed real estate swap

Writer objects to Glendale Unified’s proposed real estate swap
The Glendale Unified School District Administration Building on in June 2017. Recently, school officials have discussed exchanging the district's headquarters property for a different location to address the need for more building and parking space. (Tim Berger / Glendale News Press)

Despite neighbors’ objections, Glendale Unified School District continues to pursue its plans of a “building swap” with Carmel Partners, entailing a mega development at 206 N. Kenwood St. and 223-241, 247 N. Jackson St., Glendale.

GUSD disingenuously solicits support for the swap, claiming “Strong Schools = Strong Community”; whereas a swap of an administrative building will not make schools stronger and will cripple the community.

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GUSD’s claimed “benefits” for the swap are unjustified: 1) “over $15 million” retrofitting costs are just staff estimates; 2) all district departments and parent engagement centers can be accommodated/built on the district’s current 3.2 acre site; 3) GUSD’s parking problem, if any, can be fixed by gating the lot or building a multilevel parking in place; 4) “savings of over $15 million” and “straight swap” are misstatements: GUSD will pay the developer over $5 million in cash.

Most importantly, GUSD conceals the crux of the problem with the “swap” for which City Council’s approval of final plans is required: after district administrators selfishly move into a newer building, the remaining community will suffer permanent damage to its quality of life because of the succeeding developer’s aggressive overdevelopment plans.

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The developer’s project — with massive demolitions and monstrosity construction — is unacceptable in view of: 1) environmental hazards for the adjacent high school, residents, churches and preschools; 2) lack of infrastructure (narrow streets/parking shortage); 3) leaving insufficient parking for the high school, triggering code violations; 5) distortion of community character, etc.

Please, help save our community from GUSD’s unnecessary swap and Carmel Partner’s project by emailing and objecting to those plans at: lstotler@glendaleca.gov; vgharpetian@glendaleca.gov; pdevine@glendaleca.gov; anajarian@glendaleca.gov; zsinanyan@glendaleca.gov; vagajanian@glendaleca.gov; ybeers@glendaleca.gov; rmanoukian@glendaleca.gov; akassakhian@glendaleca.gov.

Naira Soghbatyan

Glendale

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