Burbank wrangles Whole Foods out of town

first_imgBURBANK – A split City Council on Tuesday night shot down the controversial Whole Foods Market proposed in the Rancho equestrian district, a victory for neighborhood residents who feared a traffic nightmare, but killing a chance for the popular natural foods grocer to locate a store in the city. The council voted 3-2 to deny the market proposed at 901 W. Alameda Avenue, which was appealing its case. The rejection came despite several attempts by the developer to reduce the store size to 52,340 square-feet from 59,500 square-feet proposed, and to create a fund to address traffic, equestrian safety and other concerns in a community where houses come with backyard stables. “I would hope that Whole Foods wouldn’t fold its tent,” said Mayor Todd Campbell, who supported the store. “We desperately want a Whole Foods in Burbank. “What people are worried about (is) they don’t want their identity to change. I still support it. I think it’s better than a lot of projects. Maybe we need to do more to support the equestrian life, regardless of the Whole Foods.” But Councilman David Gordon said store proposal defied earlier zoning for the lot – a smaller “specialty food store” – which was amended in 1998. “It seems to be a run-around of our existing zoning, or at least the intent of it.” Gordon said. “It’s the right store and the right time,” said Councilwoman Marsha Ramos. “The problem is it’s not the right place.” But Councilman Jef Vander Bought said the city should not pass up on what could be a boon for the neighborhood. “It is an opportunity for us to do something for the city,” he said. “There will be impacts for some that live close to the area, but these are impacts we all face.” Councilman David Golonski, who suggested previously the store be reduced to about 40,000 square-feet, said he still believed the proposal before him was too big. “I do have concerns about the size and the intensity driven by the size,” he said. “I’m still looking considerably smaller.” Based in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods is known for its progressive environmentalism and organic produce and is a much-sought-after business for cities. The nearest outlets are in Glendale and Sherman Oaks. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael Hastings, a consultant and former City Council member working with developer Tom Davies, declined to comment on the decision, but Rancho resident Roman Gora, who helped organize the opposition, relished the victory. “I’m mainly appreciative that the council understand uniqueness of the Rancho and concerns of the neighborhood,” Gora said. “We wish Whole Foods well in finding a new location.” The market was proposed for Alameda Avenue – a busy four-lane road – and Main Street, a narrow two-lane road that empties into the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The store, which was to include two levels of underground parking, was slated for a 76,000-square-foot lot. The projected car trips to the proposed store were cut to about 4,170 per day, down from 4,854 according to the most recent estimates. The number of car trips from the office building now on the site totals about 1,700 trips per day, city studies said. “The Whole Foods Market fits this site,” said Davies, the project’s Westlake Village-based developer. last_img read more


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Volleyball Heads To Central Illinois For A Pair Of MVC Matches

first_img Live Stats – at ISU ESPN3 – at ISU Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team gets back to conference play with a pair of road games this weekend, starting at Illinois State Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.The Bulldogs then make the trip to Peoria, Ill. for a 7 p.m. match against Bradley Saturday, Nov. 3. Friday’s match will be broadcast on ESPN3.Drake (17-10, 5-7 MVC) went 1-2 this past weekend after 3-0 sweeps at the hands of MVC rivals Loyola and Valparaiso. Each of the three sets against Loyola were won by just two points, but Drake couldn’t quite pull ahead down the stretch despite timely runs in all three.The Bulldogs got some momentum back in Monday’s 3-0 sweep over Chicago State. Chicago State was held to -.038 hitting for the entire match, and Drake held the Cougars to single-digit points in the first two sets.Illinois State (20-5, 12-1 MVC) has won eight-straight coming into their match against Drake to sit in second place in the MVC standings. The Redbirds’ Marissa Stockman leads the MVC in hitting percentage with .355. Defensively Illinois State is led by Courtney Pence who leads the MVC in digs per set with 5.87. Pence is the second all-time in the Valley for digs with 2,594, as well as the NCAA active leader in digs.Bradley (19-6, 9-4 MVC) is currently third in the MVC standings, but has also faltered in the past few matches. They lost their last match, a 3-1 road match at Indiana State, as well as a narrow 3-2 win over Evansville the previous match. The Braves will face No. 25 UNI at home before facing the Bulldogs on Saturday.After this weekend’s matches, the Bulldogs will host their last homestand of the season with matches against Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and Missouri State at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 which will be senior night.center_img Live Stats – at Bradley Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm over ruckus on black money

first_imgThe upper house of Parliament was Monday adjourned till 2 p.m., after opposition members raised a ruckus over black money.Besides the Rajya Sabha, the Lok Sabha was also adjourned for the second time, this time till 2 p.m., after opposition members raised a ruckus over the violence in Assam and its echoes in Mumbai.Shiv Sena member Anant Geete raised the issue of Saturday’s violence in Mumbai that claimed two lives and left over 50 people injured. The Shiv Sena demanded a statement from the government. Congress member Sanjay Nirupam countered Geete by saying that the government was taking action.Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house till 2 p.m. amid uproarious scenes.Earlier, the house was adjourned till 12 noon after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members demanded that black money stashed abroad be brought back.Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house after BJP members refused to allow proceedings to be run and rushed to the Speaker’s podium.The Upper house witnessed BJP’s agitation on the issue as yoga guru Baba Ramdev has threatened a “revolution” unless the government brings back black money stashed abroad.With Agency inputslast_img read more