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Council Greenlights 256-Unit Apartment Complex

While the upscale, high-density Avalon Bay complex is expected to attract more pedestrians, it's also expected to have a major impact on motor traffic in the area.

The Glendora city council unanimously approved an upscale, 256-unit apartment complex Tuesday, the latest development to be built near the future Gold Line station.

The apartments built by Avalon Bay will cover over 4 acres in a mixed-use development zone at the northeast corner of Route 66 and Glendora Avenue.

The multi-level apartment complex boasts a fitness center, pool, spa, dog park, basketball court, and courtyards among other features.

“This is the type of development the city has really been trying to get within the last decade,” said Planning Director Jeff Kugel. “Unfortunately, with the previous project that was approved, the economy didn’t work with us. Now the economy is starting to come back, we’re starting to see some more investment in the city.”

Kugel said the recently approved City Ventures townhome complex off Glendora Avenue was a sign that a resurgence in local developent was on the horizon.

City officials say the apartment’s high density quality and its proximity to the Village downtown shopping district and future Gold Line station will encourage more pedestrian foot traffic in the area.

But motor traffic was a major concern from residents during community workshops and public comment forums.

The City hired a traffic analysis firm to study the impact the new development would have on traffic in the area. Their findings indicated that there would be a significant impact to traffic on the intersection of Glendora Avenue and Route 66, an area already seeing high traffic flow.

Suggested solutions to mitigate traffic concerns included widening and restriping the westbound Route 66 to provide a right-turn only lane, extending the westbound Route 66 left turn pocket to about 230 feet or restriping the eastbound Route 66 to provide a right-turn only lane.

“There’s going to be more traffic, there’s going to be more cars,” said Mayor Gene Murabito. “I think it’s going to help the businesses around there. I don’t think it’s going to hurt it.”

heather March 03, 2013 at 12:09 AM
How will this affect traffic ? Has anyone driven down lone hill lately?
John Smith March 04, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Bad Idea No Environmental Study Traffic Congestion Step towards Destroying Glendora
G-town Girl March 04, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Heather and Judi, its ok...the Taco Bell closed yesterday for 2-3 months for renovations. I'm sure they are creating an "upscale" Taco Bell that will enhance the area greatly! Ha! Having been a happy Glendora resident for nearly 40 years, this is the first time I have been truly disappointed in our City. It sounds like a lousy idea to me.
Ian March 05, 2013 at 03:53 AM
It doesn't matter how you sugar coat it..... there are going to be upwards of two hundred and fifty six families crammed into four acres.
Lorraine Terpening March 07, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Where exactly will this be? If it's across from Taco Bell, will the gas station be removed? Anyhow, all this saddens me a bit. I know progress must happen, but I miss the open fields and quiet small town atmosphere from 50 years ago........

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