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Disney project stirs anger over noise, traffic

Some residents in Glendale say they are fed up with months of noise, dust and traffic associated with construction on the Walt Disney Co.'s massive creative campus.

At the City Council meeting this week, residents on the 1300 block of Truitt Street said they have asked Disney and city officials to ease the effects of construction on a new child-care facility being built a mere 30 feet from their homes.

City officials — who told the residents they had passed their concerns to Disney officials and were unaware they had not been resolved — agreed to set up a neighborhood meeting with all stakeholders to address the issues.

"Let's get some mitigation to this," Councilman John Drayman said. "I can't imagine what you're going through."

The residents cited constant beeping and other construction noise, in addition to dirt and dust, truck traffic and cramped parking. The worst, they said, included a week of earthquake-like conditions during demolition and dirt compactions that left cracks and other damage to their homes.

"All of these issues are happening on a daily basis," said resident Kevin Barry. "All these issues are happening for months now. We really feel we are not getting the help we need."

The construction is part of an expansion project on Disney's 125-acre campus in northwest Glendale that currently includes the headquarters of KABC-TV and two 125,000-square-foot buildings completed on Flower Street in 2006.

City officials have long lauded the development as a major boost to the city's industrial corridor. But on Tuesday, council members took a harsher stance, agreeing with the residents that construction conditions could improve.

Read the full story in the Glendale News-Press here.

--Melanie Hicken

 
Comments () | Archives (6)

Jobs are being created for the local economy. And when all is said and done, this will be one major tax paying corporation that will probably stay in California for awhile.

And some people are complaining about temporary conditions. If I was Disney and the city council; would tell them to shut up and deal with it.

Don't you know that Disney is above the law ?
They are horrible neighbors whether it is Glendale, Franklin Hills, Burbank or Anaheim.
People near Golden Oak ranch prepare yourselves for a nightmare with the
new studio project planned for the old Disney ranch.

If Disney's attitude is like that of how it treats almost anyone else it interacts with, the residents will be told how it is a "privilege" to live next to Disney and be associated with its "name" in the industry.

Hey, I'm pretty sure Disney was there before they bought their home. Why would anyone be stupid enough to buy a house in an industrial area and then get ticked off about industrial stuff happening? These people should go live near LAX where they can complain legitimately.

Some bozo is building next to me, at 7AM on my day to sleep in. But they're building something nice, and when they're done I will be rewarded with a nicer neighborhood and increased property value.

My guess is that these complaints are coming from people who want free tickets to the park from their deep-pocketed news-shy neighbor. Disney ought to move the child care center to the other side of their campus and put the fireworks testing there instead. Ha!

someone should ask why the taxpayers have footed the bill for the $44. million
off ramp which serves only Disney.

Disney is a terrible neighbor


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