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Glendale County Building

As of October 26, 2012, the project to expand or replace the Glendale County Building is now indefinitely delayed due to significant, ongoing cuts to the judicial branch's budget.

The State’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has proposed to expand or replace the Glendale County Building, also known as the Glendale Courthouse,  at 600 E. Broadway in the civic center of Glendale.

Citing a need for additional space for security and amenities for court staff, judges, defendants, and jurors, the AOC issued a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) in August 2011 to build a five-story courthouse on the existing site. The DEIR is available for download at the California Courts website.

The Conservancy, along with the City of Glendale and the Glendale Historical Society, visited the site with AOC staff in June 2011. The AOC’s proposed project intended to demolish the existing annex “and much of the existing building, while attempting to preserve the historical elements of the existing building.”

An approximately 100,000 square-foot new courthouse with basement was proposed for the existing site. A project feasibility report provides more details regarding proposed programming and needs for the new courthouse.

The Conservancy submitted comments on the DEIR in October 2011 urging prioritization of options that avoids demolition of the Glendale County Building and evaluation of a range of alternatives that retain the building’s eligibility as a historic resource. This may include reuse and reconfiguration of existing spaces for compatible uses, appropriate infill construction, and/or utilizing the rear wing as a connector to a new structure.

The Jewel City Bowling Alley behind the Glendale County Building on Glendale Avenue was also a potential part of the proposed project.