The City of Glendale City Council is looking into financing options which could bring a $49 million facelift to Downtown Glendale.
Glendale City Hall dates to 1984, and Michelle Woytenko, director of field operations, flatly calls the architectural exterior “neo Brutalism.” The city also has long had a goal to establish a true entertainment destination to revitalize Historic Downtown Glendale, and the Murphy Park amphitheater, which sits in the shadow of City Hall, could be that landing place.
In addition to rehabbing the parking structure and the adjacent Council Chambers building, such an effort would require a big investment from the city. And after getting high marks in its economic growth scorecard just before Christmas, the Council on Dec. 14 came to a consensus to move forward at least to exploring the financing part of the makeover plan.
“Until there is a destination location downtown, this downtown is destined to remain exactly as it is now, which is a disappointment to everyone that lives in Glendale,” Councilmember Joyce Clark said.
A January workshop will identify funding sources, and should the Council again give its OK at that time, a complete revitalization of the city’s downtown campus with infrastructure and aesthetic work and upgrades could be completed by late 2024.
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