Trees were cut down last Tuesday to make room for the development and 100 additional parking spaces.
And while residents had cause for concern, it was reported the trees would be replaced following the construction at the shopping center parking lot.
“It was a disgrace,” said Kathy Masi, resident and president of the Glendale Civic Association. “Who couldn’t work around trees? That is something we already have very few of.”
Although it was later reported that the trees would be replaced following the construction at the shopping center parking lot, Masi said she was concerned the community was left out of the decision-making process.
“It’s interesting how they do all of these things and they don’t want input when they know the community is not going to be favorable towards that,” Masi explained. “They have to stop being so evasive about everything.”
Liza Diaz, property manager for Macerich, assured that the new developments are not only meant to bring more business to the neighborhood, but it will also act as a meeting place for the people of Glendale.
“Macerich has a perfect opportunity to make Atlas Park a point of pride for the community, with new stores and exciting physical improvements that I hope our community will embrace,” Diaz said. “We certainly will be having more opportunities for residents to better understand what is in store for the center.”
She added that Macerich has plans to “relocate and replant the ones (trees) that were healthy as well as revitalize the current landscape of the center.”
“We consider our neighbors and will schedule events and entertainment accordingly, with noise levels at appropriate levels,” she added.
In agreement that the shopping center at Cooper Avenue and 80th Street in Glendale needs revitalization, Assemblyman Michael Miller is currently anticipating further information from Macerich about the types of performances and the ultimate plan for their development.
“They need to start improving the property,” suggested Miller. “Aside from the few businesses in there, it’s idle.”
The 375,000-square-foot outdoor shopping center currently attracts a majority of its business from the New York Sports Club, California Pizza, Chili’s Bar and Grill and Starbucks.
“The concerts could probably be held very tastefully and nicely,” Miller said, however adding he is still unaware what Macerich is planning. “As long as it doesn’t agitate residents that live there, and they are respectful of the residents, then I don’t think there will be any problems.”
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley says she is looking forward to the park’s new developments and puts her trust in Macerich’s ability to grow developing malls.
“Atlas Park has the potential to be a great economic engine for Glendale and the surrounding communities,” Crowley said. “Macerich has a proven record developing malls, and I believe the new stores and outdoor performance space will bring new life to Atlas Park.”