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Name In Lights: More Money For Museum Of Neon

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Last week, the City Council approved $252,000 in additional funding to the design firm overseeing renovations to a vacant, vintage building currently slated to become the new home of the Museum of Neon Art.

A "highly subsidized" deal with the Los Angeles-based nonprofit museum to take up residence in the city-owned building at 216 S. Brand Blvd. (across from the Americana) was approved by the council last year, and while the initial agreement was signed in September '09, no lease for the property has been finalized.

"Under a proposed 15-year lease, the city would pledge up to $1 million in redevelopment funds to help renovate the vacant building," reports the Glendale News-Press. "In addition to the renovations, the City Council in March approved an expansion proposal from the nonprofit that will require the city to buy an adjacent property at 212 South Brand, where an arcade currently operates."