Design Commission to Review Final Design Application for Controversial Development at Spacebank Site Tuesday

Published : Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 4:54 AM

Pasadena’s Design Commission will deliberate Tuesday night on an application for Final Design Review for a project to build a new four-to-five-story, mixed-use development at 3202 East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena, at the site currently occupied by Space Bank Mini Storage and formerly a weapons testing facility.

The large-scale project is controversial because it not only could dramatically alter its Sierra Madre/Foothill Boulevard neighborhood but because it is planned for a site which must be cleaned up of toxins left behind by federal military weapons testing.

(That cleanup will be discussed in a separate public meeting planned by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on Thursday, March 28 in Pasadena.)

Tuesday’s Design Commission will review design plans for the 550 residential units and 9,800 square feet of commercial space within eight separate buildings, with subterranean and above ground parking on the Space Bank site, with multiple buildings to be demolished.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the Design Commission will continue hearing an application for Consolidated Design Review for installation of a new illuminated building identification sign at 300 North Lake Avenue, the Gateway Plaza, and removal of an old existing sign.

Deliberations on the application started during the Design Commission’s meeting last March 12, according to Tuesday’s agenda.

The Design Commission, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, advises the Pasadena City Council on the establishment of design standards, criteria, concepts and policies for the implementation of public and private projects. It also reviews projects in order to create uniform design concepts and to ensure the maintenance of design excellence.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, Room S249 at the Pasadena City Hall.

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