Crossing proposal debated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But residents northeast of the proposed crossing worry that it would increase street traffic. Opponents are especially concerned it would connect Flower and Pelanconi Avenue, a residential street. Earlier this year, the Pelanconi Estates Homeowners Association voted to oppose the project. “The neighborhood does not need thousands of extra cars coming through this area every day,” said Patrick Masihi, president of the association. Officials said traffic on the residential streets around the crossing could be controlled with speed bumps or road barriers, and that access to Pelanconi from Flower could be restricted. Some residents also say the city’s other rail crossings are unsafe. GLENDALE – Officials want to build a rail crossing near the site where Disney is expanding its Glendale division, but some residents are opposed, saying the crossing will increase traffic in their neighborhoods. The $1.3 million crossing would extend Flower Street where it now dead-ends at the railroad tracks, allowing drivers to cross to San Fernando Road. The crossing is needed to divert traffic from the nearby crossings at Sonora and Grandview avenues, which are getting too crowded, officials said. And the Walt Disney Co. has its Imagineering facility in the area and is building a 250,000-square-foot expansion at Grandview and Flower, bringing more workers into the area and a need for access points. “It distributes loading,” City Councilman Dave Weaver said. “Use the analogy of the Coliseum. If there was only one tunnel or two tunnels to get 90,000 people out of there, it’s going to take an hour and a half to get them out.” “I’m for the movement of commerce – I think that’s important – but we have to do it safely,” said Barry Allen, 65, who heads a community watchdog group called Vanguard. “What I’d like to see is some sort of a grade-separated crossing.” But Weaver, who is retired from the Army Corps of Engineers, said there is not enough space at the proposed Flower Street crossing for a grade-separation, a crossing that would put the street and the tracks at different levels to eliminate the risk of a car-train collision. “You’re not going to be able physically to buy the land to do what you want to do,” Weaver said. “You’re just not going to have the real estate to do it in. And then the cost is in the millions.” The state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates rail crossings, has asked Glendale for more details on the proposed Flower Street crossing, and the city will submit that information within days. If the PUC approves the crossing, construction would take six to eight months. Two other Glendale rail crossings were closed in recent years, and the proposed Flower Street crossing is needed to compensate, officials said. The need for the crossing was also cited in the environmental impact report for Disney’s expansion project. Disney is creating its Grand Central Creative Campus – or GC3 – in the industrial west Glendale neighborhood where its Imagineering facility is located and where the Flower Street crossing would be. The project involves building 3.5 million net new square feet of space over 30 years. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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