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City Council denies appeal for controversial proposed 3-story building on Foothill Boulevard

July 22, 2009

The lengthy controversy surrounding a proposed 3-story building at the former Foothill Builders and Lumber site at 3522 Foothill Boulevard came to a close last night.

The City Council voted 4 to 0 to deny the developer’s appeal of a unanimous denial in April by Design Review Board No. 2.

Councilwoman Laura Friedman recused herself from the decision as she had served on Design Review Board No. 2 during the project’s initial review stages.“It’s just too big and quite frankly I don’t understand why it continued on the same track,” said Mayor Frank Quintero. “It’s been turned down literally at every level.”

More than 20 people on both sides of the contentius issue came out Tuesday night to lobby council members.

The decision was a victory for a number of North Glendale residents who organized to oppose the building, which they argued would damage their area’s unique rural feel and beautiful mountain views.

Consultant Rodney Khan, who represented developer Farshid Khosravi throughout the review process,  once again argued that the proposed building adhered to all of the city’s codes.

But it was not enough to sway the council, who said that they had to take the effects on residents into account.

For the full story and reaction from the developer and residents, check back later today at

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  1. September 2, 2009 12:39 pm

    I used to live at 3533 Maryann Street (right behind Foothill Lumber) from 1982-1989. Employees would often be on top of stacks of wood to the rear of the building, rearranging, sorting, etc., and could see into my backyard. I’d hate three stories worth of office workers doing the same.

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