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Disney project stirs anger over noise, traffic

August 28, 2010 |  7:00 pm
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

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