GLENDALE – The company that owns the Glendale Galleria ended its legal challenge to the competing Americana at Brand center Monday instead of appealing to the California Supreme Court, city officials said. Mall owner General Growth’s move to dismiss its own lawsuit comes about a month after the state Court of Appeal ruled against the company. General Growth had argued unsuccessfully that the city failed to consider the historical significance of two buildings on the site of the $264 million Americana at Brand project. “The word that we have is, as far as they’re concerned, the case is over as of today,” said Gillian van Muyden, senior assistant city attorney. “We’re going to be able to move forward with the Americana at Brand.” The city has invested more than $77 million in the project. Caruso Affiliated Holdings, which is owned by developer Rick Caruso, plans to finish grading the 15.5-acre project site in the early part of next year, install utilities in the middle of the year and start building structures on the site toward the end of the year. An opening is scheduled for spring 2008. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Americana at Brand is planned for Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard, near the Glendale Galleria. A representative from General Growth could not confirm that the company had filed a motion to dismiss the case. Rick Moses, senior vice president and chief development officer for Caruso Affiliated Holdings, the company that would build Americana at Brand, said Monday’s filing means work can go forward with the project, which has also been known as the Town Center. “I think the city obviously is going to be very pleased that at long last, after decades of trying to get their Town Center built, they finally have a Town Center under way with a scheduled opening,” Moses said. “It’s going to improve their downtown and it’s going to lead to a lot of additional revenues for the city,” he said.
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