Hotel to be built in Glendale’s Rancho neighbourhood

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
14 January 2019 | Updated 14 January 2019

USA: A three-story, 64-room boutique hotel is likely coming to Glendale’s Riverside Rancho neighbourhood.

The plans passed the city's Design Review Board with unanimous support on Thursday, despite some opposition from neighbours.

Located on the northwest corner of South Victory Boulevard and Winchester Avenue, what's been referred to as the Victory Hotel will occupy most of an approximately 21,647-square-foot lot and will include a two-level subterranean parking garage and second-floor pool deck.

Several conditions were attached to the project at 1633 Victory Blvd., including adding a fence between the hotel and single-family properties to the north, making aesthetic changes to the entryway, as well as possibly widening an alley used by nearby residents abutting the hotel and adding outdoor seating to a cafe in the front.

Sevan Benlian, who was elected board chair during the same meeting, said: "We're talking about minor stuff, but that minor stuff that we're talking about, I think it's going to take the design to the next level, and it's going to take it from a good project to a great project." 

However, when the project came before the Design Review Board on June 14, it was unanimously rejected.

Board members, at the time, requested that Kumar and architect Nikhil Kamat, a principal at nKLOSURES Inc., completely redesign the building's facades and employ a more restrined colour palette. For the most part, the four board members on Thursday agreed those conditions had been addressed in the new plans.

Some residents living near the project, including Phillip Marks, disagreed with the reasoning, arguing the hotel still posed privacy risks to his family and would compound congestion at nearby Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. He described the project as "monolithic and intrusive."

Simonian said: "I always try to mitigate those impacts but not prevent a use because it's next to a residential property. We don't even have the power to say 'no' [to a by-right use], so we look at design, access, orientation."

Board member Alen Malenkian said he thought that aspect needed "a little bit of tweaking and improvement."

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