New plans for Shops at Atlas Park
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 03, 2013 | 1471 views | 3 3 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Shops at Atlas Park is getting a makeover, as Macerich, the developer who bought the mall for $54 million in 2011, is now preparing for the addition of a 10,000-square-foot open-air performance space, as well as welcoming retailers Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe.

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.”

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jim turano
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April 05, 2013
being successful in a downturn in the economy is not easy. Between rising rents, taxes, inspections from the City, tickets for garbage on business owners sidewalks, meters that customers use to then buy products but then return to find tickets on their windshield is an uphill battle for both pedestrians/shoppers/ and store owners in Middle Village especially.

Elected officials working with Mall operators is nice. Trying to assist the Community and surrounding Communities to. But let us be Realistic for one moment.WHAT ABOUT US?

WHAT ABOUT METROPOLITAN AVENUE? People would rather walk to Metro then get in a car to go to the Mall, pay for parking, and have a few places to shop or eat.

*WE NEED A COLLECTIVE EFFORT BY SANITATION, ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND LANDLORDS WHO HAVE VACANT STORES TO WAKE UP AND LOWER THE RENTS FAST. IT IS AFFECTING OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS TO. HOME IS WHERE WE SHOULD START FIRST! THE STORES ON METROPOLITAN AVENUE WHO ARE STILL IN BUSINESS ARE IN INTENSIVE CARE SERIOUSLY.

GO SPEAK TO CANDY STORE OPERATOR LALU TO CONFIRM. SPEAK TO DUNKIN DONUTS, BUTCHERS, OR ANY OTHER BUSINESS OWNER WHO IS IN A FINANCIAL STRANGLE HOLD.

ONE TOWN AT A TIME. START WITH MIDDLE VILLAGE AND WORK YOUR WAY TO SURROUNDING AREAS, IS WHAT ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO HAVE OFFICES HERE IN MIDDLE VILLAGE SHOULD HAVE FIRST ON THEIR AGENDAS.

ANY OTHER GROUP SHOULD TO FROM OUR COMMUNITY.

IT IS PATHETIC TO HAVE 9 RETAIL STORES AVAILABLE CURRENTLY. AND THE REST OF THE STORE OWNERS CRYING THE BLUES. AND BUSINESS OWNERS & OFFICE TENANTS ARE CRYING THE BLUES AT ATLAS MALL TOO.

BUT MORE MONEY IS TO BE SPENT ON ATLAS PARK MALL SOON. READ ABOUT IT ON LINE-GLENDALE REGISTER.

AFTER 34 YEARS IT IS SAD TO SEE THE COMMUNITY BUSINESS OWNERS LEAVING LEFT AND RIGHT, WITH MORE TO FOLLOW.

JIM TURANO/BROKER*DIVERSE REAL ESTATE APRIL 5, 2013
nickzito
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April 05, 2013
ya a hang out for teenagers more than a place for glendale residents to go to. You can't shop at majority of places there, too expensive probably cause of the high rents. Places to eat are frequented, but other than that, the jeans store is way over priced, the owner is rude, and seems like a trouble maker of sorts. He'll go bankrupt.

Anyways I really think City Council persons, Senators, Group Leaders should care about the areas that are in real trouble first.

The communities like Myrtle avenue or Metropolitan Avenue, glendale and middle village, we the people elected these guys, girls, but businesses are dying each day.

How about cleaning the garbage on Metropolitan Avenue cannisters first. Overflowing making the sidewalks/streets look filthy.

Outdoor performances???? Here we go, attract all the nuts from other neighborhoods to.
publicadvocate
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April 04, 2013
I think you should make the tenants within happy first, those renters who rent office space and retail spaces. If customers hear complaints from them what good is expanding?

Read the story on glendale registers about rumors flying at atlas park mall. Oh well keep raising the rents and end up with a similar old fashioned GHOST TOWN.