Altadena residents are opposing a housing project proposed for Lincoln Avenue and Figueroa Street, just north of the Pasadena border.
The project at 2439-2445 Lincoln Ave. would be five stories tall and contain 94 units.
According to real estate sites, the asking price on the property was $2.9 million in 2019.
According to a petition, Affirmed Housing Group is developing the property. Additional details on the project were not found on the developer’s website on Sunday.
In a letter to local leaders, including Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Assemblymember Chris Holden, state Sen. Anthony Portantino and Gov. Gavin Newsom, local residents called for the project to be rejected.
“We, the undersigned of the greater Altadena community, respectfully petition L.A. County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger to instruct 5th District Regional Planning Commissioner Pat Modugno to not approve the proposal of Affirmed Housing Group to construct a 96-unit studio and one-bedroom apartment building at 2439-2445 Lincoln Ave.,” the petition states.
According to the petition, the project will negatively affect the health and welfare of the community and is inconsistent with the height and density portion of the Altadena Community Standards District (CSD).
The project would be 64 feet high. Current standards are 35 feet. Local residents also claim there is insufficient parking. With about 30 spaces located at grade, and no underground parking for the 96 to 120 residents and staff, there will be additional traffic and congestion in the area, according to the petition.
“I’m opposed to this project because it will set a precedent that will allow other developers to come into the community and duplicate this project,” wrote Camille Dudley.
“It will decrease the property values in the neighborhood. This type of project would never be allowed in the neighborhoods east of Lake Avenue. This development is a tactic used by developers in mainly minority neighborhoods where they feel they will have the least opposition,” Dudley said.
The site once housed a gas station. It was unclear how much cleaning up has been done or if an environmental impact report has been completed.
As of Sunday afternoon, the petition had been signed by 350 people, including former Altadena Town Councilmember Steve Lamb.