Design Commission Will See Plans to Remodel Original Panda Inn and a McDonald's, Build Facility for the Elderly, and Relocate the Historic 1908 Pinney House

Published : Monday, May 21, 2018 | 3:39 PM

Pasadena’s Design Commission will review a slate of construction projects when it meets on Tuesday, May 22.

Projects coming before the Commission include a proposal to construct a new six-story, 232-unit residential building and remodel the existing Panda Inn restaurant building and the Gateway Metro Tower building at 3448-3452 E. Foothill Blvd.

The site is 4.3 acres of three adjoining lots on the south side of East Foothill Boulevard between North Halstead Street and North Rosemead Boulevard where Panda Inn and the 11-story Gateway building stands, with existing surface parking lots between and behind the two buildings.

Construction of the new residential building would take place mostly on the existing parking lot, where 67 trees, including one protected mature tree, are to be removed. In place of the parking lot, parking would be provided in two subterranean levels, two at-grade levels in the proposed new building and in a five-story above-ground structure at the rear of the site.

The project is currently under the Concept Design Review phase of the approval process.

At 1320 E. Colorado Blvd., an exterior and interior remodeling of the existing McDonald’s Restaurant on site is proposed to provide for better customer service and to reflect updated imagery and detailing specific to the McDonald’s brand. The changes will include removal of the existing roofing, gabled parapet, and semicircular canopy over the outdoor dining area to be replaced with a flat roof, as well as reconfiguring of the pedestrian access to be on the west elevation.

New accent lighting will also be added to the north-facing façade of the building, and the eastern half the windows will have new translucent film to screen the interior from public view.

At 995 S. Fair Oaks Ave., a new four-story 60,000 square-foot 90-room residential care facility for the elderly is proposed to be constructed, with one level of subterranean parking containing 45 parking spaces. The proposed building would be the third phase of a larger residential care facility development. The other two phases – two four-story buildings with surface and subterranean parking – were completed in 2002 and 2007.

The 20,869 square-foot project site is located at the southeast corner of South Fair Oaks Avenue and Arlington Drive. A 6,617 square-foot office building on the site is proposed to be demolished as part of the project.

At 170-180 S. Euclid Ave., a new four- to six-story mixed use building with 42 residential units and 1,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space is proposed to on two adjoining lots 22,514 square feet in total size, on the east side of South Euclid Avenue between East Green Street and Cordova Street. An existing office building built in 1958 will be demolished from the site, and the historic Pinney House built in 1908 will be relocated to a site at 840-842 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

The Design Commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, Room S249 at the Pasadena City Hall.








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