The new union constructed property consists of a five-story building containing 220 rental apartments near the Los Angeles’ Union Station
Glendale, California — On May 15, 2019, the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation (ITC) held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at The Griffith, a 220 unit five-story apartment complex in Glendale. The event was hosted by and featured leadership from: Mill Creek Residential, the California Labor Federation, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, and the AFL-CIO BIT.
All construction on The Griffith was performed by union labor, generating an estimated 900,000 hours of construction work. Servicing and maintenance on the development is expected to be performed by union labor as well. Since the inception of the AFL-CIO BIT, the fund has invested in 25 projects with combined total property or acquisition costs of $1.1 billion in Southern California. Including The Griffith, BIT investments have generated an estimated 3.8 million hours of union construction in the state.
Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, spoke at the ceremony, stating:
“On behalf of the Council, I want to thank the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation and the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust. This incredible property wouldn’t be possible without their support. This project brought countless jobs to the local building trades, helping our union brothers and sisters earn good wages while contributing to a new local landmark.”
The property features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. Other luxury amenities include large outdoor social spaces including a pool with cabanas and grills, activity areas, a rooftop deck, and dog run. The community includes a parking garage, fitness center, community room, and bike storage. It is convenient to Metrolink, which connects to Los Angeles’ Union Station.
Randy Kinder, President of the ITC stated:
“This project involved many local trade organizations and government working together. Without their support, this new structure would never have been able to be constructed.”
The ITC would like to extend special thanks to the following:
- Robbie Hunter, President, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
- Tom Baca, Secretary-Treasurer, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
- Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
- Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
- Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation
- Ara Najarian, Mayor, City of Glendale
- Michael Genthe, Managing Director of Southern California Mill Creek Residential
- Chellie Stinson, Regional Manager, Mill Creek Residential
- Herbert Canada, Vice President, PNC Realty Investors, Inc.