Grand Central Avenue in Glendale, California, is not known for what it is today, but rather, its historic significance in the aviation and film industries as what vehicles drive upon today, was originally the runway of Grand Central Airport Terminal: what became the main airport of entry into Los Angeles for approximately 20 years since it was built in 1928 and eventually closed its doors in 1959. The actual terminal of the GCAT has been owned by the Walt Disney Company since 1997. The terminal remains the last standing structure and sole witness to the significance and historic value of the area and is perhaps the most notable attraction of the neighborhood. The 3,800-foot concrete runway still exists and today is Grand Central Avenue, and the area is simply known as Grand Central. The boundaries of the entire neighbood, including residential area, are:
North – San Fernando Road
South – Interstate 5/Cosmic Way
East – Paula Street
West – Allen Avenue
Grand Central is primarily a business district and home to the Walt Disney Imagineering Library, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Azteca America, DreamWorks Animation, and KABC Channel 7-an affiliate of Walt Disney Companies, among many other companies. Toward the west end of Grand Central is Griffith Manor Park and to the east is Pelanconi Park.
The residents of the residential area have formed the Grand Central Neighborhood Association which was inducted into the Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council this year and the association advocates for residents’ concerns, the most notable of which was due to concerns of noise from the construction of Walt Disney’s Childcare facility. As is apparent, the Walt Disney Company has a great influence in the neighborhood.
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