Glendale will get the taxes, Atwater the traffic

The City of Glendale does not seem to have a problem with increasing traffic congestion, especially if it’s in neighboring Atwater Village. That’s what a group of Atwater residents learned after a trip to Glendale City Hall to raise their concerns about a proposed six-story shopping and medical office complex on Los Feliz Road a few blocks from the Los Angeles City limit. Atwater residents fear the project will only worsen congestion on their portion of Los Feliz, which is already jammed with commuters traffic and customers at a busy shopping center with a Costco and Best Buy

But the board of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, eager for any new tax-generating development during a real estate bust, was not sympathetic. One board member pointed a finger of blame across the city line, saying the decision by Los Angeles to permit the big-box retailers on Los Feliz “sealed Atwater’s fate,” according to the Glendale News-Press. Atwater residents vowed to keep fighting.

“Whoever has anything to do with it, we’ll be calling them to get involved,” Atwater resident Netty Carr said.

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