A proposed housing project that could be built near the historic Castle Green and the Green Hotel Apartments will go to the Design Commission, the City Council decided on Monday.
The Design Commission will conduct an advisory review of the Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment. After that, the City Council will take formal action on the document. If approved, the Design Commission will review the proposed project at a later date, similar to our existing entitlement process.
Culver City-based developer Goldrich Kest wants to build a mixed-use project that includes 84 units, 16 of those affordable, at the corner of South Fair Oaks Avenue and East Dayton Street, directly across the street from Central Park and right next door to both the historic Castle Green and the Green Hotel Apartments.
Local residents sent correspondence to the City Council in support of the project on Monday.
“The Central Park Apartments will bring 84 housing units to Pasadena, 20% of which will be affordable as the city wants. The housing is close to Old Pasadena, public transit and Central Park, making it an ideal location in Pasadena.”
An earlier version of the project was opposed by Pasadena Heritage and several local residents who said the project was not compatible with the historic buildings and surroundings. The developers went back to square one and reworked the project.
City commissioners and local residents raised concerns with the height and orientation of the original plans for a six-story mixed-use building with 64 residential units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space on an existing surface parking lot.
Issues included open space, removal of protected trees and traffic congestion.
In correspondence to the City Council, Pasadena Heritage said it had reviewed the (SCEA). The group said that the developers had responded positively, but the organization continued to have some concerns regarding cultural resources, noise and traffic.
“One element of the design that is absolutely critical is the courtyard,” wrote Pasadena Heritage in a letter signed by Sue Mossman, executive director and Andrew Saliman, preservation director. “This open space in the middle of the site is a profound change from earlier proposals and provides an open area for all residents while also creating a visual buffer between the new building and its two historic neighbors.”
The project, located within a half-mile of both the Del Mar and Memorial Park Metro Goldline Stations, is designed to connect to other nearby public transit with Central Park and Old Pasadena.
The project transforms a fenced-off surface parking lot into a transit-oriented mixed-use development with street-level retail businesses.