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You Will Soon Be Able To Live Inside The Burbank Ikea
Have you ever felt like you could *literally* live inside Ikea? Well, soon, you can! Kind of.
ABC-7 reports that Crown Realty and Development has $400 million invested in plans to revitalize downtown Burbank, which includes converting the current Ikea site in Burbank into a 765-unit apartment complex, plus retail space. Meanwhile, Ikea will move to a new site in Burbank, plans that have been in the works since 2012. It's moving right along: ground was broken on this new Ikea—slated to be the largest in America—in September.
The Ikea conversion is part of some big plans for the Burbank Town Center. According to the L.A. Times, Crown Realty and Development's would like to include an outdoor ice rink and an area for a farmer's market.
Let's just say we're a fan of this genius plan. While we're hardly development experts, we do watch a lot of HGTV, and can easily see how transforming an Ikea store into housing could be the smoothest building renovation ever. Think about it: all the contractors have to do to "transform" the enormous home furnishing store into, actual homes is to put up a few walls for privacy's sake.
Everything else you could want for an apartment space is already there: you've got kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, stunning artwork, taped-off pathways to make sure you never get lost, and a delicious in-house restaurant for when you're just not in the mood to cook. IT'S PERFECT.
L.A.'s housing crisis ins't going away any time soon, and this could be a new experiment in communal living. We're all for it.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.