May 22, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday signed off on plans to bring a Hilton Garden Inn to Burbank, hailing the proposed hotel as a “great project” for the city. The six-story, 210-room hotel - approved by the Planning Board last month - was brought before the council after Burbank resident Kevin Hall appealed the project, citing a desire for additional public input. But officials announced Tuesday that he had dropped the appeal. In April, Hall told the Planning Board the hotel's construction would compromise the “tranquillity of downtown Burbank.” Although Hall withdrew his appeal, roughly 135 residents signed a petition opposing the project.
April 9, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Monday approved plans for a six-story, 210-room hotel to be built in downtown Burbank. A Hilton Garden Inn - proposed by a Florida-based developer - is expected to take over the corner of South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue, replacing an existing auto sales lot, car repair shop and restaurant. Proposed hotel amenities include a restaurant, lounge, pool and fitness center, according to a city report. At the meeting on Monday, residents and business owners supporting the project cited the economic benefits of a new hotel, while opponents fear impacts to parking and traffic congestion.
February 14, 2009
GARDEN CLUB RETURNS PAINTING TO FOUNDATION A painting with a history was returned to its original owner when Mary Huff, a Burbank-Valley Garden Club member, presented a watercolor by the artist Jane Seymour Pinheiro to Lisa Novick , of the Theodore Payne Foundation at the garden club’s meting on Feb. 5 at Verdugo Park in Burbank. Many works by the artist were given to the foundation in the 1950s and were sold in the early 1970s during a time of financial crisis.