Cimmarusti Holdings, the family-owned real estate firm behind plans for a 24-story tower that would be Glendale's tallest residential building, hope to break ground on the project as early as August 2022, according to an environmental notice published last month.

View of Lucia Park looking northwest from Maryland AvenueJFAK Architects

Lucia Park, named for the grandmother of the two brothers who lead the company, would rise from a property located just east of Brand Boulevard at 625 N. Maryland Avenue. Plans call for the construction of a 24-story tower which would contain 294 one- and two-bedroom apartments atop podium and subterranean parking for more than 500 vehicles, serving residents and tenants of an adjacent office building.

JFAK Architects is designing the tower, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary high-rise structure clad in a mix of blue, white, and gray metal panels. Plans also call setbacks at multiple levels, creating space for podium and rooftop amenity decks. Publicly accessible open space would front Brand Boulevard on the western property line, accounting for the "park" in the project’s name.

"Unlike most new projects, Lucia Park does not bulge out to all its property lines, but sits approximately 130 feet away from Brand Boulevard behind a new pocket park and the beloved mid-century Chase building, which was one of the original Home Savings and Laon Buildings punctuating the Southland for many decades," reads a design narrative submitted to the City of Glendale earlier this year. "Inspired by the Chase Building, but not mimicking it [the tower] takes a respectful stance as a background building that actually calls more attention to the significance of its forebear[er]."

Street-level view of the "park" at Lucia Park from Brand BoulevardJFAK Architects

Should the project break ground this year, construction of Lucia Park is expected in mid-2025, per an environmental study published by the City of Glendale.

The proposed 266-foot-tall tower joins a handful of high-rise buildings slated for Downtown Glendale, including Vancouver-based Onni Group's proposed a two-building hotel complex and a second hotel planned by an Arcadia-based firm.