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Council to Consider Gold Line Condominium Project

The project by City Ventures, LLC will be built adjacent to the future Glendora Gold Line station.

The City Council will hear public comments on the proposed 53-unit townhome condominium project at 351 South Glendora Avenue across from the Glendora Post Office at tonight's council meeting at the .

The public is invited to comment on the proposed 2.9 acre-project by City Ventures, LLC., which will be located adjacent to the planned future Glendora Gold Line station. The station will be built on the site of the former train station, which was demolished in the 1960's.

The project proposes five townhome clusters fronting Glendora Avenue and Ada Avenue with two-car garages accessed from the private drive and auto courts.

The City Council will consider the project’s Development Plan Review, the minor conditional use permit,  as well as elimination of a mixed-use requirement for the project. The project, which is located in the Route 66 Specific Plan, was originally zoned to include mixed-use development. The Planning Commission determined that a mixed use element was not needed for this particular development, given the project's proximity to stores nearby and the number of vacant lease space already in the area.

The project had been originally planned for 54 units, until the Planning Commission felt there was not enough open space play area for residents. According to city staff reports, one of the units was eliminated to make room for a play area.

City Manager Chris Jeffers said upon the council's approval of the project, construction can begin this year.

Those who are unable to attend the hearing must send comments in writing and deliver them to the City Clerk prior to the scheduled hearing date.

Related documents are available at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall. The City Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Planning and Redevelopment at (626) 914-8218.

Ralph Long January 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Good point Mr. Holthaus. Whatever we do should be superlative, something we can be proud of, and something that shows that Glendora wants to be more than just another stop on the Goldline. Perhaps we use the Pasadena stations as a starting point for our thinking.
Ralph Long January 25, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I was there Tyler. It was a good meeting. Except for a couple of people who attend many of these meetings, and seem to be negative about almost everything the city does, I think there was good dialog and the City Council and Staff has thoroughly, fairly and professionally considered all salient points. The development is going to be good for Glendora. I was given a chance to talk and one of the things I mentioned was the need to embrace the future Gold Line station with this and all future development in the village. I also recommended that this development embrace mixed use. The Council had a good discussion about the project, and - I feel - made a good decision. They decided to not require mixed use, since there is already a considerable amount of commercial space very close to where this development will go and - since the Gold Line station is many years off - there will be little demand for this commercial space for a while. Several Council members also mentioned that they had visited other projects of the developer and that they were well done. There was discussion about upgrading the Gold Line station so that it is something special, and not just a platform. All in all, I think the Council made a wise decision.
Annie B. January 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Everyone above has their opinion and they all make sense. As a local Realtor, I can tell you that bringing more families into Glendora in important. We had to close a elementary school two years ago due to low enrollment and we had to break down and have open enrollment for kids from other cities. Also, for some families, a residential home is just not in their price range and a townhome is a great starting point. We also need the tax revenue!
Ralph Long January 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
It will be interesting to see where these townhomes are priced. There was no discussion of this at last night's meeting, although I am sure it was discussed in other meetings. I have a feeling they will not be cheap. It seems these are going to very nice and marketed more to the young professionals or empty nesters.
Annie B. January 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Yes the price point is important! Seniors are also the largest growing population in the California so I hope they are priced well.

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