March 25, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Plans to include an auto dealership in the Burbank Empire Center development have collapsed, leaving city officials frustrated by the latest failure to bring car-and-truck sales to Burbank. Empire Center developer Zelman Development Companies continues to negotiate with CAG Investments to bring a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership to the $200-million retail center, city officials said. But the prospects of securing the deal look bleak.
November 1, 2013
Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy touted the city's strong financial health during the annual State of the City address Wednesday, pointing to the city's hundreds of new businesses, balanced budget projections for the next five years and several infrastructure improvement projects in the pipeline. Hosted by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce , the event drew hundreds to the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. The city - which underwent a full leadership turnover in the last year with a new city manager, fire chief and the appointment of a permanent police chief - has seen sales tax revenues rebound since the recession, though revenues dipped slightly last fiscal year.
May 18, 2012
When Walmart spokeswoman Rachel Wall claims those who are opposed to a Walmart in Burbank as being associated with special interests, she's right on the mark. How else would you refer to the dozens of multi-generational, family-owned businesses in Burbank? Before I so much as step foot in a Home Depot, you can bet I've already checked with Mark over at Burbank Paint and Hardware to make sure they don't carry the product and can't order it, because there's something to be said about the men and women who have held on to a family dream for decades without ever compromising a commitment to their customers or employees.
February 19, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Lockheed Martin Corp. will protect Burbank from potential environmental law suits stemming from the development of one portion of the aerospace firm's former Plant "B-1" property. Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Companies purchased the land from Lockheed last year and intends to use the 103-acre former aircraft assembly property for a $200-million development with two hotels, retail stores, office space and an auto dealership.
August 28, 2010
Word this week that Ashley Furniture and Burlington Coat Factory would be filling the voids left behind where Circuit City and Mervyn's once stood has brought a welcome sense of relief that we wouldn't have to once again see prime retail space taken over by a seasonal Halloween costume store — the tell-tale sign of economic blight. That this change over is occurring at a time when the economic outlook remains weak at best is also a testament to Burbank's viability and the overtures no doubt made by city development officials.
March 14, 2014
Burbank's previous claim to fame as home of “The Tonight Show” will shift by 2016 to the “Home of the Most Gigantic IKEA in the United States,” following the unanimous decision this week of the City Council to approve the Swedish retailer's plans to build a new 470,000-square-foot store on San Fernando Boulevard. Overall, the new IKEA will no doubt be a welcome boost to the local economy. Unfortunately, several businesses will be forced to move to allow for construction of the megastore.
September 10, 2013
Stopping the new Walmart from coming to the Empire Center is a defeat dealt to the economic development of our community. There is already a retail center with an empty building just waiting for a tenant. An empty building is doing nothing for our city or our sales tax revenue. The 300 jobs Walmart will bring to the community - in addition to the tax revenue - make this a great economic opportunity for Burbank residents. I currently leave Burbank to do my Walmart shopping, which is inconvenient for me and causes my tax money to go to another city.
September 23, 2011
Critics may call it an unnecessary bureaucratic roadblock for business, while proponents say it's a vital safeguard for the community. An economic impact report can be beastly, expensive and incredibly nuanced, but nevertheless it is the most comprehensive and scientific gauge the public has. In the case of Walmart, such a report studying the potential impacts on everything from child care and traffic to sales tax revenues and existing businesses would...
March 3, 2012
I am pleased that the Burbank City Council stood up to outside special interests and continued to support Walmart moving into the vacant Great Indoors store (“ Walmart protest precedes council meeting ,” Feb. 22). Walmart has followed all city requirements and will fill a large vacant retail building. This is a good decision that will benefit economic development and is a win-win situation for Burbank. The proposed Walmart store will help transform a fallow building into a thriving economic center.
November 16, 2012
IKEA's surprise announcement this week that it was moving ahead with plans to expand in a huge way must have sent a collective sigh of relief through City Hall, where just days before a complicated, redevelopment-related land deal to hold on to the retailer was frosted by the state. The Europeans apparently know how to keep their ace card a secret, announcing a separate deal Thursday with a real estate company to acquire 22 acres less than one mile from the current IKEA location. Nearly double in size, the proposed new store will not only have more square footage for roommates to argue over shelving units, but will also bring in significantly more sales tax revenue.