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Once Blocked By Council, New Revised Final Design for 253 S. Los Robles Ave. Sails Past Design Commission

Published on Thursday, November 24, 2022 | 6:01 am

The Design Commission unanimously approved the final design for the new six-story, 90-unit, multi-family building planned at 253 S. Los Robles Ave. during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The approval was based on staff’s findings that the submitted design revisions in response to the conditions of approval from the previous Concept Design Review phase “include materials specifications and architectural details that are high-quality and compatible with the overall building design.”

The project involves the construction of two levels of subterranean parking with 125 spaces.

One protected specimen tree and two non-protected trees are proposed to be removed to accommodate the project.

Pasadena-based Tyler +Kelly Architecture is designing the project by applicant Robert Altura of Zhuang & Zhong Los Robles, LLC. 

The project’s approval was subject to over 80 conditions listed in the staff report. 

During the meeting, the commissioners agreed to amend some conditions to allow the architects to decide on the materiality, specifically the materials to be used for the canopies as well as the ground floor base. 

The commissioners also agreed to eliminate a condition that requires the applicant to simplify the landscape design for the project after some commissioners expressed support for the landscape design. 

“I’m perfectly happy with this project. I think it is a great project. I’m really happy with the landscaping in the front yard of this project and the courtyard and the way the driveway works and I think it’s going to be a really good improvement to this neighborhood, to the city,” Commissioner Robert Carpenter remarked.

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