CITY wrap

Board wants upgraded church design
Glendale’s Design Review Board #1 wants the Christian Life Church of Montrose to upgrade its design for a new building at Montrose and Ramsdell.
The new church will replace one destroyed by fire in 2006. The city ordered the 1920’s structure demolished because of the extent of the damage.
Architect Terry Tarr said the church is under a deadline to commence work because of insurance company timing. He submitted a preliminary design to get a response from the DRB.
The church will be about 12,000 square feet, with an office building and classroom to remain. There will be 50 parking spaces and a full landscape plan.
The DRB members agreed the design needs to be upgraded and made more institutional to fit the major intersection. A final design will be brought back for approval.

Council approves trash
fee hike

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday, June 15, approved a 3% trash collection fee, to take effect July 1.
According to public works director Steve Zurn, the increase will amount to 53 cents a month for the average household, bringing the rate to $18.34. By comparison, the fee in Burbank is $40.10 a month and in Pasadena $36.43.
The added revenue of $525,000 a year will go toward expenses at the Scholl Canyon dump and the cost of converting the city fleet to compressed natural gas.

City awards contract on barn
The city went deep into the list of available bidders Tuesday for the $857,309 project to upgrade the Le Mesnager Barn at Deukmejian Park.
The stone barn was constructed by the pioneer local family that operated a winery on the site. Funding comes from county open space money and two grants from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
The 3,000 square foot structure is intended to be used as a community center and interpretive facility to highlight the foothills. An additional $8,000 is needed to complete the work.
The city awarded the contract to Thomco Construction, the sixth lowest bidder among 11. The first five were disqualified for lack of required experience with masonry buildings and historic sites.

By Charles Cooper