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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.

Janek January 24, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I am unable to attend. 54 units is a lot. Is the city ready for that much more traffic? Some amount of mixed use is needed if we plan to have a metro stop. Look at the Del Mar Station in Pasadena or the Mission Station in South Pas. Both are THRIVING and help bring foot traffic to the city. We need foot traffic in Glendora Village if these little shops are to survive. A courtyard or something should be available for people entering and exiting the metro station as well.
CK January 24, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I'm with Janek, it would be a shame if Glendora had a light rail station with not one shop to grab coffee of something when you on and off the train. Just another back room deal with Tessitor and the developers I guess...
CK January 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Think about the teachers and offices workers taking the train from the inland empire in the morning, should they have to go to Albertsons to have a cake and coffee? Of course not! Should they have to walk up to the village to get a sandwich before heading home? No way! I have never been to any train station that was a hit that didn't AT LEAST have a place to grab a snack! I'm not some huge coffee fan, I am just voicing my concerns. I work from home and won't need these things but I know the vast majority of commuters will.
MellowMaverick January 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
That space would be awesome as a public area with fountains, a few shops, a bistro and have it handsomely landscaped for curb appeal to make it seem like the perfect stop-over or destination place for those riding the metro. It would also serve residents who would like to congregate and just enjoy the ambiance. As townhouses, it would be the last place I'd buy a residence..next to trains zooming by all day? No thanks. Families with kids wandering onto the tracks? The potential for derailment or some other accident that would endanger people living close to rails? It just doesn't make much sense. The public area does. It would also bring more businesses into Glendora.
Terry January 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM
You are thinking of the present--what's available NOW, not what's likely to come in the future. There are plenty of spaces between the post office and the Village, and there are also some spots in Albertson's plaza itself. There's a lot of potential around the station. These types of stations are supposed to encourage growth. Once the station is in, there will be development around it--including coffee shops and sandwich places.
Sheryl January 24, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Our suburbanites aren't walkers. People riding the train will want to park only one time . . . grab a coffe or a roll and get on the train. On the way home a stop at the station's drug store/pharmacy makes sense? Do we need completely mixed use? Clothing retail? Maybe not. But at least lets get some of those Covina rider's dollars in Glendora's coffers.
Jon Kasper January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Have you taken the train from the Covina station? What Drugstore/ pharmacy or retail shops are right by the station? There are none. There is a small coffee kiosk in the parking lot but you aren’t allowed to bring food or drinks on the train anyway. So what does it matter. Eventually the neighborhood around this station will start to redevelop like what has happened in South Pasadena. I agree with Terry that you don't need mixed use at this development. This development will begin the process the coffee shops and sandwich places will eventually come but you need people to support them. This is that start.
Ralph Long January 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Several of the Gold Line stops in Pasadena have condo developments built next to them, or as part of the overall design of the station. They seem to be working quite well. Not a living space for everyone, but some people (including me) may want that kind of lifestyle. I agree with a previous poster here - we should look at some of the stops along the Gold Line, and in other cities that have successfully intergrated light rail for examples of what we should do. Regarding mixed use: it seems to me that mixed use would be perfect in this location. Although there are already store fronts and space close to this location that eventually be used by the people who will use this stop, we also need retail space immediatly near the stop. Again, look at what Pasadena has done.
Ralph Long January 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM
"This development will begin the process the coffee shops and sandwich places will eventually come" Hopefully, this will be true, but it is not a given. Again, we should look at what is happening in and around Pasadena along the Gold Line. Some of the neighborhoods around stations are doing great, others - not so much. The ones that seem to be doing well are the ones that have embraced the station as an important and integral part of the neighborhood, and have been built with a vision of the future in mind. The ones that are not doing so well are the ones that were simply created as a stop, with little further thought as to what will happen around the stop.
Ralph Long January 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM
You are 100% correct Janek. The Del Mar and Mission stations along the Gold line are great examples of what we should strive for.
MellowMaverick January 25, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I don't see why Glendora has to mimic other Gold Line stops or do the expected. Creative thinking built this country; not just going along with the status quo. It would be nice to lead the trends and not follow them.
CK January 25, 2012 at 05:50 AM
I really hope some of the good thinkers on here made it to the meeting tonight. I would have if I could have.
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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