The cost of building a road for a proposed subdivision in the San Rafael Hills is likely to be the deciding factor in the development's fate, City Council members said this week. If built, the subdivision would be the largest hillside development in Glendale.
The council postponed until Oct. 1 a decision on a proposal by developer Hensler-MacDonald Inc. to build a combination of 588 town homes, duplexes and single-family houses on 66 acres of a hillside tract. The rest of the 316-acre parcel would be given to the city for open space.
Council members on Tuesday asked the developer and city staff members to estimate how much the city will be asked to pay for extending Mountain Street east of the Glendale Freeway to connect the development to a street in Chevy Chase Canyon. Preliminary estimates by the developer indicate that the road may cost up to $8 million, and the city may be asked to bear at least half of the cost.
Several council members indicated that, if the city's share of the cost is exorbitant, it may opt to buy the entire parcel from the developer rather than approve the subdivision.