JULY 24th 2018 - Good News! The application for the Zone Change has been WITHDRAWN!
to truly save our cherished community asset, it may now need a new buyer to keep the diverse & children's programs intact...
"ZONING APPLICATION PULLED FOR SILVER SPUR SITE. The applicant seeking a proposed zoning change that would turn Silver Spur Stables into condominiums has withdrawn his application. Glendale City Councilwoman Paula Devine confirmed this week that the application has been withdrawn after receiving an email from City Manager Yasmin Beers."
The developer's application was to re-zone the property at 1900 Riverside Drive, Glendale, CA from the historic "Commercial Equestrian" to "Multi-Family Residential" in order to build condos. This would have eliminated a significant portion of the small zone, and left the additional properties vulnerable to re-zoning and the eventual elimination of the 'beating heart' of the Riverside Rancho equestrian zone.
Public pressure caused him to withdraw the application, so now our zoning is safe - for now - and we are celebrating!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE THIS HAPPEN! We graciously appreciate the developer’s decision, and the help from city staff along the way. We gratefully acknowledge the positive teamwork and unflagging labors of all who scrutinized, researched, and prepared opposition papers and talking points. All those who forged a public awareness and media affairs campaign. All those who rallied for the cause, signed the petitions, emailed officials, spoke at city meetings, provided organization support letters, and installed lawn signs.
The current owner may now decide to sell Silver Spur Stables.
In order to preserve the Silver Spur equestrian community, children's programs, summer camps etc. it may require a new buyer or group who can see the value in programs like hosting the diverse non-profit Operation Progress.
We will post more information as soon as we know it...
Our Western Heritage here in the Rancho is shared among 3 cities - Burbank, Glendale, and Los Angeles, in a single equestrian neighborhood.
A historic consultant has been retained by a local group to evaluate preventing future attempts to develop the traditionally equestrian Rancho on both the Burbank and Glendale side. We've faced these attempts in the past, and will likely face them again in the future.
This has opened our eyes to our shared opportunities and the value in the horse community's heritage, including therapy, recreation, and open space values.
Stay tuned for more information...!
The owner of Silver Spur Stables property wants to sell so that a developer can demolish the equestrian facility and erect 21 townhouse-style condos in six buildings, three stories in height.
The plan would also remove a 30 feet width of the unimproved Allen Avenue, which is our longtime safe access route to trails and Griffith Park, also used by vendors, veterinarians, farriers, and visitors.
The adjacent horse property at 1840/1850 Riverside Drive has been for sale for about 10 months. In the event the zoning change is approved for 1900 Riverside, that could affect future zoning of this property and thus its value and potential use.
The beloved horse-keeping and riding traditions of the Burbank/Glendale/Griffith Park area would be severely impacted with the loss of significant equestrian properties.
It occupies the south side of W. Riverside Drive, adjacent to the Burbank & Los Angeles borders, at the most westerly point of the City of Glendale.
Comprised of several different properties, it's next to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and access to 54 miles of Griffith Park riding trails. The Commercial Equestrian zone includes Silver Spur Stables which is located in Glendale at the Burbank border, and adjacent to the Allen Avenue horse path that provides safe access to riders, visitors, and vendors.
WE ALL NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FUTURE OF OUR UNIQUE EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY.
You don't need to be a Glendale resident to participate.
The City meeting dates and locations will be provided as soon as we have them. It’s important to show up to be seen and heard by officials to support the Rancho in its current form and character!
These meetings are open to the public. Welcomed are people who use the stables, enjoy the Rancho area and trails, and other interested parties in addition to residents and neighbors.
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And EMAIL the City of Glendale Planning Commission and City Council in advance, via:
Send us an email to: SaveTheRancho@gmail.com
We have received letters of support from:
LAURA FRIEDMAN, ASSEMBLYMEMBER, 43RD DISTRICT
LOS ANGELES EQUINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
EQUESTRIAN TRAILS, INC.
DAMOOR'S FEED & TACK
FOOTHILL TRAIL DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
The equestrian Riverside Rancho district is north of Griffith Park and includes portions of Glendale, Burbank, and Los Angeles. Within Glendale’s city limits are equine businesses in the Commercial Equestrian zone, and they are sited along one block of the south side of Riverside Drive.