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Keeping tabs on the Village

October 07, 2000

Paul Clinton

BURBANK VILLAGE -- No news is bad news when it comes to the

construction-related traffic and parking snarls that could be coming to

the Village.

To provide shoppers and moviegoers with periodic reports about the AMC

Theatre's 16-screen megaplex and other projects, city officials have

decided to publish a newsletter.

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The city's Community Development Department will mail the the first

issue of the publication, dubbed the Downtown Burbank Chronicle, to

residents and business owners later this month.

"We think it's a good information item," Community Development

Director Bob Tague said. "This has been on the drawing board for a long

time."

The newsletter will include information about detours, road closures

and parking availability, as well as a map indicating the locations of

all the public lots in the Village. The area is bounded by Magnolia

Boulevard on the west, Glenoaks Boulevard on the north, Angeleno Avenue

on the east and First Street on the south.

One of the biggest changes when demolition of the existing AMC begins

later this month will be the permanent closure of Palm Avenue. The

street, which splits the project down the middle, will be turned into a

walkway.

The $62-million AMC project, known as Burbank Entertainment Village,

also will include restaurants, a bookstore and a health club. AMC will

build a 16-screen theater where the former Elks Lodge stands and demolish

its current AMC 14 to make way for two parking structures.

The new theater is scheduled to open in the spring of 2002.

During the initial run of the Chronicle, the city will circulate

45,000 copies. The inaugural issue of the four-page newsletter will cost

$16,000, officials said.

Gordon Biersch general manager Greg Fain supported the idea, saying it

was long overdue.

"I think it helps -- anything to give people a better idea about

what's going on down here," Fain said.

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