More money sought for
The city is hoping to tap a state bond program for funds to complete the project to turn the old stone barn at Deukmejian Park into an interpretive facility and community center to serve the La Crescenta community.
The city is currently in the process of evaluating bids for the seismic strengthening of the old structure, originally used for a winery. HMI Construction Service is the apparent low bidder for the project. HMI’s bid was $1,273,500, the low of 11 received on the project.
The new grant, requested through a bond adopted four years ago, will pay for a docent work place, an area for programs and displays, and multi-media equipment. If the city receives a grant, the project will be completed.
Glendale is planning a series of meetings to get public ideas about the interior design of the building, which will add to the limited number of meeting places available to community groups.
In other action Tuesday, the council approved contract award for $698,000 to 3M Company to inventory and replace some 4,550 older street signs in the city which do not meet current appearance standards. The old signs will be sold to the public as historic souvenirs.
The council also agreed to slurry seal Piedmont Avenue between Ramsdell and La Crescenta avenues. As part of the project, bike lanes will be added to Foothill.
Plan ready to moved forward
The North Glendale Community Plan will be moving on next month to the City Council after completion of some ten meetings by an advisory committee of residents, businesses and city commissioners.
The council is expected to set up a series of community meetings for further feedback on the document. City planner Alan Loomis said the council may vote on the plan as early as this fall.
Consensus has been reached on a number of issues but there are still questions on the future of Foothill Boulevard, design standards including height limits and the future of centers such as Sparr Heights.
The North Glendale plan is the first step in what will be a revision of the Glendale specific plan for each of the city’s communities.
By Charles Cooper