Organize to Stop the Residential Re-Zoning of Riverside & Main
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Shea Properties, an Aliso Viejo based land developer with no pre-existing properties within Burbank or the entire San Fernando Valley, hosted a community meeting on the evening of September 14, 2017 about their proposed plans for the re-development of the Pickwick property and Viva Cantina on Riverside and Main.
During their brief presentation, Shea Properties outlined their vision to demolish Pickwick Ice, Bowling Alley, and Gardens to build a private residential village comprised of hundreds of town homes and apartments.
Along with the demolition of Pickwick, Shea Properties repeatedly referred to "the restaurant" across the street (Viva Cantina) as a proposed site for demolition and new construction of a place to "get a drink".
With no environmental impact study completed at the time of their presentation, Shea Properties was unable to answer extremely important questions regarding the alarming effect 600+ new residents, as well as their cars, would have on not only Riverside and Main, but the surrounding neighborhoods. An enormous housing village on this corner would overcrowd our schools, create unending traffic jams, and forever alter the culture of a neighborhood unlike any other.
We believe the preservation of Riverside and Main is essential to the Burbank tapestry, and that Pickwick and Viva Cantina are historically significant landmarks that must be protected for future generations to enjoy.
We are calling on all Burbank residents to help us stop the residential re-zoning proposed for Riverside and Main, and present our signatures to the Burbank City Council as testament to our overwhelming opposition. Please join us in spreading the word throughout our city about the proposal presented by Shea Properties, and organize as a community to protect our Rancho District heritage.
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