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GLENDALE, CA-Voters here have approved three city ballot measures in support of L.A.-based developer Rick Caruso’s efforts to build an open-air shopping center that is opposed by General Growth Properties, owner of the 1.5-million-sf Glendale Galleria, which is across the street from the site of the proposed Caruso development. The City of Glendale reported that the three ballot measures “A,B, and C” polled yes votes of 51.8%, 51.3% and 50.9% respectively.The citywide vote was the latest development in a battle between Chicago-based General Growth and Caruso’s development company, Caruso Affiliated, which proposes to build a $265-million, 476,000-sf project including retail, restaurants and movie theaters, a two-acre park and other amenities at a development site of nearly 16 acres.

The Glendale City Council approved the project in April, but the election measures this week, the result of a referendum supported by General Growth, asked city residents to either confirm or reject the city’s approvals. Caruso describes the project as similar to the Grove, Caruso Affiliated’s lifestyle and entertainment center adjacent to the Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

Caruso and General Growth each spent in the neighborhood of $1 million, and possibly more, in campaigns supporting their positions on the ballot measures. Following the election this week, Caruso issued a news release saying, “Now we can get busy creating an exciting destination that will put Glendale back on the map in Southern California.”

Officials at General Growth could not be reached for comment on whether the company would continue to oppose the Caruso plan, either by challenging the election results or via other means.

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