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Glendale Mega-Development Moves Forward

Amidi Group has received stage one approval for its massive live-work proposal for downtown Glendale. Amidi received three “yes” votes at the Glendale City Council meeting Tuesday night, with Councilman Ara Najarian voting “no” and Zareh Sinanyan abstaining. Tom Lorenz, spokesman for the city, said Sinanyan abstained because the project is located less than 200 feet away from his legal offices. Amidi, based in Redwood City, submitted plans to Glendale Sept. 18 for construction of a 535-unit live-work complex at Lexington and Central Avenues. The land is currently owned by Citigroup Inc., but the New York bank is in the process of selling the entire city block to Amidi. As part of the application, Amidi will convert an office building that houses 300 Citigroup employees into residential units, in addition to constructing three new buildings, the tallest of which will stand eight stories. Total size of the development could reach about 600,000 square feet. The complex will feature a pedestrian-friendly design that could include multiple paseos, a rooftop pool and meeting area and enough outdoor seating for casual business events. Roger Kiesel, a senior city planner reviewing the application, said the next steps will include extensive review, including Amidi completing an environmental impact report, which could take months. It would have to return to the Council for final approval. “It’s not in the city’s control now, the developer needs to do his part,” he said, adding that the earliest stage two approvals could be sought would be early next year.

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