Little Child Playing in Water at Splash Park on Summer Day

At a three-hour meeting Aug. 11, Glendale City Council approved 33 agenda items—though some were debated.

City council approved an ordinance to rezone the southeast corner of 83rd and Glendale avenues into a Planned Area Development (PAD) called G83 Plaza.

The land is east of U.S. 101 near the Westgate Entertainment District.

Councilwoman Joyce Clark said the site is not compatible with the surrounding area. According to Clark, 61% of the total of 8.2 acres are designated for a four-story, multifamily apartment complex.

“This proposal is located at the southeast corner of 83rd and Glendale avenues. It has remained a vacant parcel for at least 15 years due to the owner’s inability to acquire any users for this site. As of this date, despite their request for a general planned amendment and rezoning, the owner still has no end users. The owner is requesting carte blanche approval for a variety of uses on this site with no assurance that the conceptual plan offered will actually become a reality,” Clark said.

After discussion, council unanimously approved the G83 Plaza plan with two stipulations: The apartment buildings can be no more than three stories high and take up less than 50% of the developable land.

Council also approved a general plan amendment to allow for development of Evergreen Loop 101 at West Bell Road. 

Ken Watt, a Peoria resident, said the development would destroy a “scenic corridor.” 

Shane Alleman, representing the project, said the applicant had a developer that was ready to bring forward “a high-quality” multifamily project.  

“Evergreen is anxious to develop the site,” Allman said. “It’s not just a speculative development.”

Council also approved zoning for development of 10 acres near 107th and Northern avenues for “multifamily residential and commercial use.”

Glendale recently annexed this site bordering Peoria.

Council approved a contract for design and construction administration for a splash pad at O’Neil Park. Construction is to begin next year.

Council also approved various appointments and reappointments to boards, including: Lisa Baker as chair of the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC); Leslee Miele, Ezekiel Ojo and Elizabeth “Cooki” Peverini as CDAC members.

Calvin Carbello was appointed  to the library advisory board.

In the public comments section of the meeting, Gary Livingston said city council needs a “watchdog” position.

“The word trust is described as one in which confidence is placed,” Livingston said. “My trust in the mayor and Councilman (Ray) Malnar is long gone.”