White Claw Glendale

For its $250 million production facility, Mark Anthony Brewing will receive up to $750,000 in waived fees from the city of Glendale.

It’s a bit difficult to figure out what’s going on at Glen Lakes Golf Course (“I’m Not Developed Yet!”).

Glendale City Council approved the $6.5 million sale of the 43-acre golf course to Towne Development Dec. 10.

The sale agreement showed up on last week’s city council Jan. 14 agenda. Just before the meeting, it was pulled from the agenda.

Thursday, I asked the city: Has the agreement been signed?

The answer:

“It has not been signed but is working through the process. The city  expects to sign the paperwork in the next few days,” said Jay Crandall, a Glendale spokesman.

Also Thursday, Jan. 16, a rezoning of Glen Lakes — required before it can be developed — was on the Planning Commission agenda. 

Several people from the Save Glen Lakes were revved up to go to the meeting and protest. The group feels, among other things, the property needs a major General Plan amendment; the city stated it only requires a minor plan amendment.

So what happened at the Planning Commission meeting?

A few hours before the meeting, this showed up on the agenda, under Glen Lakes:

“This item will not be heard this evening.”

Stay tuned …

•Big ribbon-cutting month for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

First, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Chamber celebrates the “grand reopening” of the Holiday Inn Express, 9310 W. Cabela Drive.

Next, at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, a ribbon-cutting takes place at a new Mountain America Credit Union branch, at 5910 W. Northern Avenue.

•If you read last week’s Glendale Star, you know the very-hot Mark Anthony Brewing, makers of trend-setting White Claw seltzer, is coming to Glendale.

How did the city land a $250 million production facility in west Glendale, near the Loop 303?

Speed, said City Manager Kevin Phelps. He said the company has “millions of cases of backorders” to fill, and Glendale agreed to do what it can to streamline construction so White Claw can be pouring by summer in Glendale.

But wait, there’s more.

According to the development agreement, Mark Anthony will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees:

“The city waives, and project applicant will not pay any city fees related to the design and construction of or the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the project, including, permits, reviews (which shall only be charged at ordinary rates and without premium even if performed after hours or on weekends), inspections (including expedited and after hours/weekends), code modification/formal interpretations, record retention, planning, barricade, and other fees … in an amount not to exceed $750,000.”

There could be even more savings, as suggested by another section emphasizing the speediness of construction:

“The city will provide a customized project development timeline including, design review charrette and accelerated plan review, as well as an option to phase reviews, permits and inspections at no additional cost. The city will use reasonable best efforts to perform and complete all reviews as soon as possible, but in no event later than 15 business days after any such matter is submitted for review by the city.”

Glendale also guarantees in writing to help with an “impasse” situations:

“The city acknowledges and agrees it is desirable for project applicants to proceed rapidly with the implementation of this agreement and the development of the property ... if at any time the project applicant believes an impasse has been reached with the city staff on any issue affecting the property which is not an event of default, project applicant shall have the right to immediately appeal to the city representative for an expedited decision.”

John Sacksteder, president and CEO of Mark Anthony Brewing, signed the agreement Dec. 30. In a press release, he emphasized Glendale’s “support required for our rapid build-out and aggressive timeline.”