City officials, business leaders and a handful of residents on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of the first high-end rental home complex in Burbank in 25 years.
Empire Landing officially opened with more than 40% of the 276 units already leased.
Representatives for the complex said they hope to attract a variety of residents, including people who already live in Burbank and those who are looking for resort living, or who no longer wish to commute — even temporary studio workers who might not stay long, said Barbara Casey, a spokeswoman for the developer, Casden Properties.
Empire Landing includes 28 affordable units, according to the property's development plan with the city, officials said.
The 7-acre development was approved in January 2006 as a mixed-use project. The City Council approved the final plans two years later after mandating landscaping enhancements for the project.
Empire Landing is within walking distance of the Bob Hope Airport Metrolink station, as well as Gross Park.