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By Christopher Cadelago | June 25, 2009
BURBANK ? City Manager Mike Flad on Thursday named Greg Hermann as interim director of the Community Development Department effective July 1. Hermann is expected to join the executive team as a permanent replacement for retiring director Sue Georgino since the city had opted to forgo the usual candidate search. Hermann has held several jobs in the department including associate planner, principal planner and assistant director for transportation. Recently his duties as chief assistant director have included overseeing the planning and transportation division.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 27, 2009
BURBANK — City Manager Mike Flad on Thursday named Greg Hermann interim director of the Community Development Department effective July 1. Hermann is expected to join the executive team as a permanent replacement for retiring director Sue Georgino because the city had opted to forgo the usual candidate search. He has held several jobs in the department including associate planner, principal planner and assistant director for transportation. Recently his duties as chief assistant director have included overseeing the planning and transportation division.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 31, 2012
Members of the Burbank Planning Board unanimously approved a project that would bring several Armenian groups under one roof and provide a new community center with a gym, basketball court and office space. Eighty-eight people on Monday pulled cards to speak during the meeting, all of them in support of the project. However, 80 of them waived their right to speak and just wanted to show that they were behind the center, which will be located at 75 E. Santa Anita Ave. in a commercial area with no residential neighborhoods nearby.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | January 13, 2012
A new restaurant planned for San Fernando Boulevard will bring lush landscaping to create a park-like atmosphere and nearly 900 square feet of outdoor dining. The restaurant, to be located at 546 S. San Fernando Blvd., will incorporate an existing 2,494-square-foot building that was once a landscaping nursery. With two large outdoor dining areas, there will be a total of about 3,600 square feet of restaurant space, according to plans approved by the Planning Board last month. Applicant Aram Mnatsakanyan had requested an outdoor stage for unamplified performances by musicians, but planning commissioners nixed that feature because of two nearby apartment buildings.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Tuesday signed off on plans to construct a five-story, 170-room hotel on the South San Fernando Boulevard corridor. The project is touted by the developer as an opportunity to revitalize downtown by drawing business and leisure travelers to the area. The proposed Grandview Suites hotel, to be located on San Fernando between Santa Anita and Providencia avenues, is the second of two new hotels slated for the corridor. Its proposed site is just a block away from where a six-story, 210-room Hilton Garden Inn will be constructed.
THE818NOW
November 13, 2012
Civil War veteran William Hood arrived at the mosquito-infested swamps near Bakersfield in 1874 to build a rail line that would soar through the Tehachapi Mountains, linking the Bay Area and Southern California for the first time. Hood, Southern Pacific Railroad's chief assistant engineer, assembled 3,000 Chinese immigrants with picks, shovels and dynamite. They snaked the track up treacherous mountain ridges, twisted it back and forth around canyons and punched it through sheer rock in a series of 18 tunnels - climbing 4,025 vertical feet along the way. It's a feat no one has attempted to duplicate.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | October 24, 2007
CITY HALL — Looking to meet the needs of a growing population, the City Council established a housing subcommittee Tuesday evening. The subcommittee will consist of two council members and members of the Community Development Department’s planning division, city officials said. The formation of a housing subcommittee comes on the heels of a council meeting in which housing and planning dominated the discussion. At the Oct. 2 council meeting, the Planning Board and the City Council held a joint meeting.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 10, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Monday signed off on plans to construct a five-story, 170-room hotel on the South San Fernando Boulevard corridor. The project is touted by the developer as an opportunity to revitalize downtown by drawing business and leisure travelers to the area.  The proposed Grandview Suites hotel, to be located on San Fernando between Santa Anita and Providencia avenues, is the second of two new hotels slated for the corridor....
BUSINESS
By Alison Kjeldgaard | January 28, 2009
For many people, juggling venues, rental companies and designers when planning an event can feel like an impossible task. Knowing how hard event planning can be, three small-business owners have teamed up to plan and design events from one location. Event coordinator Christine Zohrabians, along with designers Sherry Nalbandian and Lara Peltekian, have created an event showroom where clients can organize their events in one place. “It’s convenient for a client to come here, sit down, see everything, consult, pick, order and then execute,” Nalbandian said.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | December 10, 2008
CITY HALL — City officials announced Tuesday that 13 residents have qualified for next year’s City Council election, including two incumbent council members and former Burbank board members seeking to fill three seats. Mayor Dave Golonski and Councilman David Gordon have each been qualified by the city and state to defend their seats for the April 14 election, as have 11 other residents vying for the soon-to-be open seat of Councilwoman Marsha Ramos. Ramos confirmed earlier this year that she would not seek reelection after her second and final term on the council expires in 2009.
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September 10, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Tuesday signed off on plans to construct a five-story, 170-room hotel on the South San Fernando Boulevard corridor. The project is touted by the developer as an opportunity to revitalize downtown by drawing business and leisure travelers to the area. The proposed Grandview Suites hotel, to be located on San Fernando between Santa Anita and Providencia avenues, is the second of two new hotels slated for the corridor. Its proposed site is just a block away from where a six-story, 210-room Hilton Garden Inn will be constructed.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 10, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Monday signed off on plans to construct a five-story, 170-room hotel on the South San Fernando Boulevard corridor. The project is touted by the developer as an opportunity to revitalize downtown by drawing business and leisure travelers to the area.  The proposed Grandview Suites hotel, to be located on San Fernando between Santa Anita and Providencia avenues, is the second of two new hotels slated for the corridor....
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 28, 2013
About 20 people who live or work around Bob Hope Airport were in attendance Thursday to provide input for a study aimed to produce a plan for improving transportation options in the area while also promoting development of hundreds of acres of underutilized property. This public outreach meeting, held by airport and Burbank officials, was the first of three, with another slated for this fall followed by one next summer. Afterward, a final report is expected to be drafted. Eric Banghart, a planner on the project team, said that while the airport has one Metrolink station nearby and another to be constructed soon, getting passengers to use public transit is a challenge.
THE818NOW
November 13, 2012
Civil War veteran William Hood arrived at the mosquito-infested swamps near Bakersfield in 1874 to build a rail line that would soar through the Tehachapi Mountains, linking the Bay Area and Southern California for the first time. Hood, Southern Pacific Railroad's chief assistant engineer, assembled 3,000 Chinese immigrants with picks, shovels and dynamite. They snaked the track up treacherous mountain ridges, twisted it back and forth around canyons and punched it through sheer rock in a series of 18 tunnels - climbing 4,025 vertical feet along the way. It's a feat no one has attempted to duplicate.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 31, 2012
Members of the Burbank Planning Board unanimously approved a project that would bring several Armenian groups under one roof and provide a new community center with a gym, basketball court and office space. Eighty-eight people on Monday pulled cards to speak during the meeting, all of them in support of the project. However, 80 of them waived their right to speak and just wanted to show that they were behind the center, which will be located at 75 E. Santa Anita Ave. in a commercial area with no residential neighborhoods nearby.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | January 13, 2012
A new restaurant planned for San Fernando Boulevard will bring lush landscaping to create a park-like atmosphere and nearly 900 square feet of outdoor dining. The restaurant, to be located at 546 S. San Fernando Blvd., will incorporate an existing 2,494-square-foot building that was once a landscaping nursery. With two large outdoor dining areas, there will be a total of about 3,600 square feet of restaurant space, according to plans approved by the Planning Board last month. Applicant Aram Mnatsakanyan had requested an outdoor stage for unamplified performances by musicians, but planning commissioners nixed that feature because of two nearby apartment buildings.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | July 19, 2011
The San Fernando Road corridor north of the Empire Center - a mostly drab, commercial area - could be transformed into a more walkable, attractive area with the addition of some mixed-use developments and revamped thoroughfares under plans being floated at City Hall. Since Lockheed's departure in the late 1980s, the city has wanted to redevelop the area roughly bound by Andover Drive to the north; Third Street and portions of Glenoaks Boulevard to the east; Burbank Boulevard to the south; and Leland Way and Interstate 5 to the west.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | December 15, 2009
CITY HALL — A majority of the City Council last week criticized portions of a draft proposal that would reduce parking for downtown developers. The draft report on new standards for downtown development was slated to go before the Planning Board and then City Council for public hearings in January and February. But the council instructed city planners to bring it back early next year for further discussion after some questioned a proposed 5% to 10% reduction in the minimum parking requirements within a quarter-mile of the nearby Metrolink station.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | June 27, 2009
BURBANK — City Manager Mike Flad on Thursday named Greg Hermann interim director of the Community Development Department effective July 1. Hermann is expected to join the executive team as a permanent replacement for retiring director Sue Georgino because the city had opted to forgo the usual candidate search. He has held several jobs in the department including associate planner, principal planner and assistant director for transportation. Recently his duties as chief assistant director have included overseeing the planning and transportation division.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 25, 2009
BURBANK ? City Manager Mike Flad on Thursday named Greg Hermann as interim director of the Community Development Department effective July 1. Hermann is expected to join the executive team as a permanent replacement for retiring director Sue Georgino since the city had opted to forgo the usual candidate search. Hermann has held several jobs in the department including associate planner, principal planner and assistant director for transportation. Recently his duties as chief assistant director have included overseeing the planning and transportation division.
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