A look at what's in Burbank's news pipeline

Civic projects and the loss of a TV mainstay may top the coming year's headlines.

December 31, 2013
  • The new transportation center, under construction, at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
The new transportation center, under construction,… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

The New Year brings a time of reflection and hope. The Media City has plenty to look forward to in 2014, though the calendar seems packed with development. The airport is planning to open its transportation center, two hotels are slated to break ground, and work on the new IKEA property is likely to begin later in the year. And, of course, Walmart foes are lauding the stalled development of the store in the Empire Center.

In other areas, Burbank is bracing for the loss of the “Tonight Show,” Burbank educators are getting ready for Common Core, and the school libraries will be staffed — by district employees.

Transportation Center

A new $112.6 million transportation center is slated to open this summer at the Bob Hope Airport, brining all bus, rail and rental-car services under one roof.

The 520,000-square-foot transportation center broke ground in July 2012.

The project also includes a new five-level, 351,785-square-foot parking structure that opened this past August. It’s meant to replace the 1,000-plus parking spaces lost in Lot D to make room for the transportation center.


The new structure has 1,043 spaces and is being used by the airport’s valet parking service for now. The surface-lot spaces that were formerly used by the valet operator are not yet being opened to self-parking, however.

The project will also feature a 19-foot-high elevated and covered walkway that will connect the center to the airport terminal, spanning 1,100 feet.


For now, efforts to bring a Walmart to Burbank have been put on hold following a ruling handed down by Judge Allan J. Goodman in September that rescinded the building permits issued for the former Great Indoors store adjacent to the Empire Center, in which the mega-retailer had planned to open a store.

While City Council members voted last month to not appeal Goodman’s decision, Walmart officials said they do plan to file an appeal.

At the heart of the lawsuit filed by Burbank residents Shanna Ingalsbee, Katherine Olson and Yvette Ziraldo were uncompleted street improvements outlined in an ordinance approved by the Burbank City Council 13 years ago.

The improvements include more turn lanes at key intersections on Buena Vista Street at Victory Boulevard and Empire Avenue.

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