Civic Center Task Force Solicits the Community for Input on Development and Preservation of Pasadena Civic Center, Additional Development Projects

Published : Monday, January 29, 2018 | 4:14 PM

Pasadena’s Civic Center Task Force will continue meeting at least twice a month as it solicits community input leading to recommendations to the City Council about how to develop the Pasadena’s Civic Center while maintaining its historic character.

Members of the community may also provide input about procedures for new construction and development projects in the area, land-use standards of the YWCA and YMCA blocks, possible programming of public rights-of-way within Centennial Plaza, Holly Street, and Garfield Avenue, and potential landscape/hardscape improvements in the Civic Center.

The Civic Center Task Force held its first meeting on October 26, when it set ground rules and procedures on how the group should go about finding the right direction. Two other meetings have been held since then, one in December and another one on January 20.

City Manager Steve Mermell said the meetings would be open to the public, as well as those wishing to observe.

“I’m confident that we will have a good process, which typically leads to a good outcome,” Mermell said before October’s meeting. “We have an exceptionally talented group of people participating in this effort. The work of the Task Force is critical to the preservation and revitalization of the historic Julia Morgan YWCA building. I’m confident that the Task Force will be thoughtful in its considerations.”

Taking inspiration from the time when Pasadena’s original planners actively sought the community’s participation while putting up the Civic Center, the City Council voted to organize the Task Force, made up of community members, to focus on recommendations for the Center’s future development.

In 2013, private developer KHP Capital Partners proposed the lease and construction of a 185-room hotel on a site across from City Hall in exchange for the restoration of the derelict YWCA building. Three years later, however, KHP’s terms changed due to a significant increase in the project cost. The City Council decided it was going to be too costly and nixed the proposal.

A schedule posted by the Department of Planning and Community Development showed the February 3 meeting would start at 9 a.m. at the Creveling Lounge at Pasadena City College.

The next meetings will be on February 15, March 1, March 15 and April 5, all starting at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Anyone with questions about the meetings may contact Kevin Johnson, (626) 744-7806 or through, or Julia Garzon, (626) 744-7310, or email

Additional information will be posted on the Department of Planning and Community Development webpage at








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