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Pasadena Receives $5 Million From Caltrans

Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 | 6:21 am

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As part of the 710 stub relinquishment agreement, the City received a $5 million payment from Caltrans during Monday’s Council meeting.

The City Council could create a task force to help establish the planning process of the 710 Freeway ‘stub’ property relinquished to Pasadena by Caltrans. 

The Council has started discussions on the first steps of its planning process on Monday.

There are currently a number of transitional mobility projects being considered that will allow for the continued safe vehicular access in and around the former State right-of way area. These projects are currently going through public input phase and will be going to the Transportation Advisory Commission and to City Council in September.

After decades, Caltrans voted unanimously to approve relinquishment of the 710 stub back to Pasadenaearlier this year. 

The vote came after decades of uncertainty regarding the future of the 710 extension, and marked a historic moment in the City’s long-sought goal of re-envisioning and rebuilding what was once an integral and vibrant part of Pasadena.

More than 50 years ago, Caltrans seized hundreds of homes in southwestern Pasadena, the city of South Pasadena and the Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno through eminent domain in what ultimately became a failed effort to connect the Long Beach 710 and Foothill 210 freeways.

The development of future plans for this area include adopted Guiding Principles located within the Land Use Element.

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