GLENDALE—The Glendale City Council unanimously approved a plan to construct a new gymnasium at Chamlian school.
The proposed 9,345-square-foot facility will feature a a 7,970 square-foot sports court, a lobby, bathrooms and a storage area is planned to build on the eastern side of the current school at 4444 Lowell Avenue.
“We are very excited about the new gym,” Chamlian Principal Vazken Madenlian told Asbarez Wednesday in a telephone interview.
“The students, the parents and the school community is very happy and can move forward with plans to fund raise and bring the community together around this project,” Madenlian added.
“The school looks forward to this facility, which will greatly enhance our efforts to offer the base physical education to our students,” explained Madenlian.
“We would like to thank the students, parents, and community members for their heartfelt support and encouragement of our efforts with this project. We would like to also extend a special thank you to the Gymnasium Committee Chair, Mr. Arto Kazarians, and the members, Mr. Greg Aghamanoukian, Mr. Harout Kassabian, Mr. Vahe Mazmanian, Mr. Sarkis Ourfalian, and Ms. Anoush Mangassarian, who volunteered countless hours to make this project a reality,” said a statement from the Chamlian administration on Wednesday.
The City Council chamber was teeming with students, parents and school administrators and faculty who had packed the hall, wearing Chamlian’s athletic jerseys, in support of the measure.
Residents around the school had voiced opposition, claiming that the new gym would add to traffic congestion around the neighborhood. But, according to the Glendale News-Press, city planners determined the gym would not add to existing traffic associated with daily drop-off and pick-up of students.
“I don’t think it’s going to particularly impact the neighborhood,” Councilman Frank Quintero told the News-Press.
“Between a good neighborhood protection plan in terms of traffic and in terms of restrictions on the gym, I think this would work out for both the school and the neighborhood,” added Quintero.