New Development to Rise at Intersection of Orange Grove and Lincoln

Published : Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | 5:34 AM

A new development consisting of a four-story mixed use building with 35 affordable housing units, 5,561 square feet of commercial space, and 83 subterranean parking spaces is shaping up at 745-765 North Orange Grove Blvd., at the northeast corner of the North Orange Grove Blvd. and Lincoln Avenue intersection.

The project has been submitted for the Preliminary Consultation phase of the City’s project approval process, and will go through the Design Commission Tuesday, August 28, at its regular meeting.

A staff report from the Department of Planning and Community Development said the project site is of an irregular shape consisting of three separate parcels at the intersection.

The project is proposed by Heritage Housing, which has built numerous affordable housing projects in Pasadena.

Two non-historic residential buildings and two non-historic industrial buildings are currently on the site, and these are proposed to be demolished. Of four trees on the site, two are proposed to be removed, one of them protected under the City’s Tree Protection Ordinance.

The report said the eastern portion of the project site is within the Renaissance Commercial District of the Fair Oaks/Orange Grove Specific Plan area, a sub-district which encourages a “pedestrian-oriented commercial and residential district with a compact, urban character,” according to the Our Pasadena program.

Although no historic stand on the project site, nearby designated historic resources include the Bristol-Cypress and New Fair Oaks Historic Districts and the bungalow court at 545 and 549 Lincoln Avenue, all to the south of the project site.

The Thomas Banbury House, at 209 Carlton Avenue, built in 1888, is to the north of the site. The William Crowell House, built in 1903, is located 769-773 N. Orange Grove Blvd., is located northeast of the project site and has been determined to be eligible for landmark designation in the historic resources survey conducted for the Fair Oaks/Orange Grove Specific Plan.

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