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Vote on Controversial Burbank Project Delayed

The Burbank City Council delayed a vote Tuesday night on the proposed Talaria at Burbank mixed-used development in the Media District following a lengthy evening meeting during which residents raised traffic concerns. About 50 people spoke for and against the $150 million development by Cusumano Real Estate Group, which would feature 241 upscale apartments and a ground-floor Whole Foods grocery near Burbank Studios. Some nearby residents were particularly concerned that the 3401 W. Olive Ave. development will cause more cut-through traffic in the residential neighborhood north of the site, said Community Development Director Joy Forbes “While a project on this site has been years in the making, we are still fine tuning the details,” Forbes said. “The city is listening to all citizens, both critics and supporters, as Council settles on the best plan for the entire community.” The 3.8-acre property is occupied by several small multifamily buildings, offices, a church and Dimples, a karaoke bar that opened in 1982 – all of which are on short-term leases with Cusumano and would be demolished. The four-story Talaria would feature 84 one-bedroom, 123 two-bedroom and 33 three-bedroom units. Amenities include two courtyards, a lap pool, outdoor barbecue area, private lounge, fitness center, laundry and dry-cleaning pickup service, on-site ATM and free high-speed Internet in some common areas.

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