Friday, September 27, 2013

Brand Blvd. Welcomes New Tenants

207 Goode Avenue.
The Glendale office towers along North Brand Blvd. are boasting several new high profile tenants, reaffirming that the City’s Class A Office environment is making a strong comeback from the Great Recession. Avery Dennison Corporation, a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions, will relocate its corporate headquarters from Pasadena to the state-of-the-art, office building at 207 Goode Avenue in Glendale.  The company is expected to move in early 2014. Avery Dennison, joins Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific regional headquarters as tenants in the building and will occupy 54,488 square feet on two floors, which can accommodate more than 200 employees. 

The 207 Goode building features brand new construction, efficient floor plates and a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The iconic Avery Dennison logo will marquee the south side of the building parapet and will be visible to motorists traveling on the 134 Freeway.

Earlier this year, New York Life also took space in a North Brand office tower at 801 N. Brand, and Nestle continues to anchor the area at their 800 N. Brand location. Another two key occupants, Trader Joes Market and Walgreens, have entered agreements to occupy the property at 101 E. Glenoaks, and provide much desired walking-distance amenities to office workers north of the 134 Freeway.  Construction on the two stores is expected to begin this fall.

Connecting the Dots: Matthew Alongi

Did you know that CDD works with emerging young professionals who are seeking experience to successfully launch their careers? Meet recent Building & Safety Intern, Matthew Alongi.

By: Matthew Alongi
In recent years, the job market has become increasingly competitive as a result of the economic downturn. This trend has made a pronounced impact in the engineering field. Earning good grades, although important, will no longer guarantee a desirable job to recent graduates. Employers have become more selective and are looking for candidates that stand out. Students must now also accrue career related work experience during their college years in order to impress potential employers. For this reason I was ecstatic to be offered the opportunity to work at the City of Glendale's Building & Safety Division two years ago as a summer intern.
The internship, was an incredibly valuable experience in more ways than one. It considerably strengthened my resume, which will set me apart from other candidates when I apply for engineering jobs after college. However, even more valuable was the real-life engineering experience and knowledge I was able to take away from my summer working in Building and Safety. The internship allowed me to glean a real sense of what a job in civil engineering would be like. I became friends and keep in touch with several of the professional engineers at the office. They are not only great contacts for job applications, but are also very helpful in providing career advice.

Affordable Housing Update

Offering affordable housing opportunities is a high priority for the City's Housing Division.  We are excited to announce that two new affordable housing developments for renters are now starting construction.

Cypress Senior Apartments
The existing apartment building at 311 E. Cypress will be modernized and renovated starting next month.  The new name for the building will be “Cypress Senior Apartments.”  Upon completion of the work, the 17 affordable apartments will be available to low income senior citizens who are 62 years of age or older.  Senior citizen veterans will be given first priority for six of the apartment units. Marketing and lease up of the four one-bedroom and 14 studio apartment units will begin in the Spring of 2014, a few months before the building is expected to be open for new occupants.

Veterans Village
“Veterans Village” is a new apartment building to be built at 327-331 W. Salem Street.  Design approvals and financing are now in place and construction is expected to soon.  Development is estimated to cost $15.46 million and Low Income Housing Tax Credits will be invested in the project as well as federal HOME funds from the Housing Authority.  

Rendering: Veterans Village
Veterans Village Site Before Construction
The Housing Authority will purchase Parking Lot 12 from the City and it will be redeveloped as part of the site for the affordable apartments. The 43 affordable rental units will serve lower income families and a preference will be given to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces during lease up. It is expected that marketing efforts will begin in Fall 2014 so the residents will be ready to move in during the late spring of 2015.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Get on the Waiting List: Park Paseo

Adults 62 years of age or older and/or disabled adults 18 years and older may now apply to be added to the Park Paseo waiting list. The 98- unit apartment building for elderly and disabled persons will open its waiting list on September 11, 2013 and will closed once again on September 25, 2013.

Applicants must meet HUD Income Limits for Los Angeles County, which are no more than $29,000 per year for a single person household and no more than $33,150 per year for a two person household. Residents will pay approximately 30% of their adjusted income towards rent.

Applications can be requested by phone at (866) 306-3465 and can also be downloaded at

To be included in the lottery drawing, your application must be postmarked no later than September 25, 2013 and mailed to:
Park Paseo
501 West Glenoaks Blvd. #34
Glendale, CA 91202
Only one application per household will be accepted for the lottery drawing.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sign Up for Planning Project Notifications

Now you can sign up to receive weekly e-mail updates containing:

  • Activity Reports to find out what planning application we have received in the past week.
  • View an interactive map of current planning projects throughout the city.
Whether you're interested in learning about the projects going on in your neighborhood or throughout the City, these updates will give you the latest information.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Affordable Home Ownership Opportunity for Low Income Families

Three new homes will soon be under construction at 806 E. Chestnut Street. San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity will be working with the City to develop these homes. Applications to buy the homes will be available to interested low income home-buyer families at two upcoming community meetings.  Families must be willing to provide “sweat equity” as well as a small down payment in order to buy.

As part of the Habitat for Humanity community, the first time home buyer families help build the homes along with other community volunteers. It is an inspiring process as the families get to know their neighbors and the construction elements of their home during the Habitat “build” process. A total of 34 homes have been built through this partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Glendale. 

The Habitat families continue to support each other and the new home-buyers with each new “build”. Priority in the selection process will be given to families that are currently living in poor housing conditions, are paying more than they can afford for rent, and to those families that live and/or work in Glendale.  
Applications will be given out at the community meetings to be held at the Adult Recreation Center at 201 E. Colorado Street in Glendale.  Free parking is available with validation (3 hours) at the Market Place Parking Structure across from the Central Library at Harvard Street and Maryland Avenue.

Interested families must attend one of the following meetings in order to pick up an application:
Thursday, October 3rd at 7 pm.
Saturday, October 5th at 3 pm.

Click here for more information on the Habitat for Humanity website.