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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.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | 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.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
This post was updated to include more information. Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the unanimous green light from the Burbank City Council this week to build its largest furniture store in the nation in Burbank. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its first store in California and sixth in the United States, will relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. The 470,000-square-foot megastore - which will be nearly double the size of its current location - is scheduled to open in August 2016.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 14, 2014
Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the green light from the Burbank Planning Board Tuesday to nearly double the size of its location in the city , though the project still needs to be approved by the Burbank City Council. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its sixth store in the United States, has outgrown its current digs at the Burbank Town Center, and hopes to relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. If the project is approved, the retailer plans to start demolishing the 22 existing structures on the lot this summer.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
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.
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