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Last hurdle to Americana at Brand mall expansion cleared

April 16, 2011 | 11:34 am

Recording studio

Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso and the owners of a former recording studio have settled their legal dispute, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court official, removing the last legal thorn in Caruso’s effort to expand his 15.5-acre Glendale mall.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed and representatives for Caruso Affiliated and the studio, Backroom Entertainment Inc., declined to comment.

The studio occupied a brick building at 230 S. Orange St., steps away from Caruso Way shops and restaurants. Studio owners Brad Schmidt and Tim Feehan said demolition of nearby buildings, combined with the construction of the Americana between 2003 and 2008, ruined their recording facility. They sought at least $1 million in their lawsuit against Caruso Affiliated and the Glendale Redevelopment Agency. Caruso had previously agreed to indemnify the agency for any litigation stemming from the creation of the Americana.

Read the full report on Americana here.

-- Bill Kisliuk, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News

Photo: The building at the center of a dispute with developer Rick Caruso was built in 1928, was used as a recording studio in 1978 and is known to be a historical building. Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Glendale News-Press