Saturday, January 20, 2018

The city of Burbank added more than 16,500 jobs from 2010 to 2016 but built only 294 homes during that period

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Now a developer is proposing one of the most ambitious projects in decades: a 1,173-unit residential and retail project that would replace an old Ikea store at the Burbank Town Center mall, in part with apartments, some as small as 400 square feet.

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Jim Casey of community group Preserve Burbank said he worries the development — across the street from Burbank High School — would further snarl traffic in the area, which he already avoids “like the plague between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.”

Casey said he knows Burbank must build more to help with housing affordability, but the city can’t go overboard and must work to retain the “original character” that prompted people to move to Burbank in the first place.