It's taken a little more than two years, but Burbank's city council voted this week to approve a Whole Foods and an accompanying 241-unit, four-story apartment complex known as Talaria at Burbank for the city's Media District. The much-contested Talaria at Burbank was given the green light despite the protests of Burbank's mayor, who admonished his colleagues saying, "All of you have dropped the ball," reports the LA Times. Residents complained (as usual) that the development would jack up already heavy traffic flow.
Developer Michael Cusumano will have to fork over a total of $250,000 toward "traffic-calming measures" and make the building more environmentally friendly. The city council also voted to put $750,000 toward further traffic-reducing improvements to streets near the apartment complex, like new cul-de-sacs to reduce through-traffic on residential streets—one of the chief concerns of the neighbors.
Talaria will have luxury apartments, parking garages with 751 spaces, plus a restaurant with a bar and outdoor seating. It will be walkable to and from Warner Brothers and NBC Studios, and isn't too far from Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, either.
· Burbank OKs Whole Foods, luxury apartment complex [LAT]
· Talaria at Burbank [Official Site]
· Whole Foods Apartments Headed For Burbank Media District [Curbed LA]