Five-Story Condominium Project Planned Next Door to Masonic Lodge, At Site of Historic Home

Published : Monday, November 27, 2017 | 5:52 AM

Pinney House

The historic Pinney House, which currently occupies a portion of the proposed site, will be relocated. Image: City of Pasadena.

A new five-story 44,165-square-foot mixed-use building with 42 residential units and 900 square feet of ground-floor commercial space is proposed to be constructed at 170-180 South Euclid Avenue in Pasadena, next door and directly north of the Pasadena Masonic Temple.

The project is now going through the City’s Preliminary Consultation process.

Planning and Community Development Director David Reyes has submitted the plans for the proposed project to the City’s Design Commission which meets Tuesday, November 28.

In a Staff Report, Reyes said the project site is on the east side of South Euclid Avenue between Green and Cordova Streets and is comprised of two lots totaling 22,514 square feet in size. The site is within the CD-2 Zoning District, in the Civic Center/Midtown subdistrict.

A 5,201-square-foot building constructed in 1958 currently stands at the 170 S. Euclid Avenue site and is proposed to be demolished. The 180 S. Euclid Avenue site has the historic Pinney House, built in 1908, which will be relocated to a site at 840-842 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. A Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued in May for the relocation, and the Historic Preservation Commission has not called for a review of the decision, Reyes said.

The new construction will include an 890-square-foot residential multi-purpose room, the staff report said.

Aside from the Masonic Temple at 200 S. Euclid Avenue immediately adjacent to the south, the site is surrounded by such other properties as the historic building which originally housed Miss Orton’s School for Girls at 154 S. Euclid Avenue; Las Flores Apartments at 130 S. Euclid Avenue; the Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 300 E. Green Street; and number of commercial office buildings and apartment buildings on Los Robles Avenue.

On Tuesday, the Design Commission will evaluate the project based on design-related goals and policies in the Land Use Element of the General Plan, and design guidelines in the Central Business District Specific Plan.

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