Pasadena area real-estate and development roundup

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    Both halves of the Greene & Greene-designed Herkimer Arms apartment building are now in their new location at 470 N. Raymond Ave. The second, 115-ton half was moved early this morning. [Photo]

  • The city is converting an unused alleyway, underneath which the Gold Line trains run, into a walkable path for pedestrians. Planters, benches and trash bins will be installed. [CurbedLA and Brigham Yen]

  • The original El Taquito has shuttered, but a second location lives on at Lake and Villa. [Hometown Pasadena]

  • Troy Boyle, former bartender at the now-defunct Crown City Brewery, has opened his own nightlife venture: T. Boyle’s Tavern opened on Halloween in Rhodes Alley behind the Ice House. [Brigham Yen]

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper LA:

  • Cushman & Wakefield executive lists a three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 820 Laguna Road in Pasadena for $1.79 million

  • Agajanian Law Group founder lists a six-bedroom, five-bath home at 1430 Old Mill Road in San Marino for $3.13 million

  • Internist, pediatrician list a three-bedroom, three-bath home at 2875 Wallingford Road in San Marino for $1.58 million

(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Scenes from a simulated dirty bomb detonation

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Real dirty bomb detonation? Not a form of entertainment.

Simulated dirty bomb detonation? A little entertaining — sort of like a radioactive obstacle course — but also prudently instructive.

This morning, Methodist Hospital conducted a practice run of what would happen in response to a bomb with radioactive material detonating at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The scenario imagined hundreds of victims being exposed to radiation.

Dozens of nurses, hospital administrators,
“victim” volunteers from local schools and decontamination specialists were part of the demonstration in Arcadia.

From the Star-News:

Sara Gutkind, 16, went through the process twice, playing two different victims.

“First I was a schizophrenic. I was hearing voices in my head and I thought they were trying to kill me,” Gutkind said. …

“Then I was a mother with a 7-month-old
infant,” she said. “I don’t think the baby was doing too well. They
said he had stopped breathing.”

Organizers added wrinkles to the scenario, including a pair
of students who stormed the emergency room demanding treatment, and
victims who were pregnant or didn’t speak English.

Hospital employees interview students from Rio Hondo Prep who have simulated injuries.
(Points to the kid at the top for realistic body language. Or maybe he’s reading a magazine?)
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Rio Honda Prep students Jimmy Davis and Chelsea Parker are not really in trouble.
They’re testing security measures during the simulation

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The decontamination shower

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A Rio Hondo Prep student is screened by a hospital technician with a Geiger

counter — to check for radiation after decontamination

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Stephanie Wong gets hosed
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Pasadena area real-estate and development roundup

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  • A mixed-use project is being developed for the southeast corner of Colorado Blvd. and El Molino Ave. The new five-story office building will replace the two-story furnishings store. (Brigham Yen)
  • The 71-unit Granite Park (on Granite Drive, obviously) that’s being developed by Vornado Realty Trust will be finished in November with units starting at $975,000. (CurbedLA and Brigham Yen)
  • David Haskell teams up with producer Gale Anne Hurd to revamp up the 3-year-old Vertical wine bar on Raymond Ave. (EaterLA)
  • A group has formed to re-start restoration efforts of “Lucky” Baldwin’s adobe home in Arcadia. (Star-News)

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles:

  • City of Hope doctor Ryotaro Nakamura and Megumi Nakamura have listed a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Arcadia for $1.098 million.
  • Stern & Goldberg lawyer Justin J. Lansberg has listed a four-bedroom, three-bath home in La Canada Flintridge for $1.689 million.

Lush scenes from the Pasadena Wine Festival at the Arboretum in Arcadia

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The Pasadena Wine Festival took up residence for two evenings this weekend at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Attendant vinophiles shared the space with the Arboretum’s resident peacocks, while looking up at a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains set off by a canopy of lights. Amid these surroundings, they sampled food and wine — lots of wine — from labels the world over. And they did this all night, for two nights, in a row. How did they ever stand it?

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(Photos by James Carbone / Correspondent)

America’s Next Topless Model: Photo shoot at Santa Anita more tame than scandalous

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Pete Siberell, Santa Anita Park’s director of community service, gave an interview to the Star-News about the recent airing of an “America’s Next Top Model” episode that featured the model-contestants posing “topless” with a racing horse and jockey.

“I was hoping no one in America was watching — I’ve had a rough day today,” Siberell said of the calls that flooded in after the latest episode of supermodel/talkshow host Tyra Banks’ campy reality show aired. “It’s something I regret. It was awful.”

Poor Pete. While you can feel the heat of his blushing over the head-desk moment just by reading his comments, we really don’t think the photo shoot is worth the hubbub.

The models’ relevant anatomy is all decently covered in the photos, a la a long-locked Lady Godiva. After all, this was a professional fashion shoot suitable for 8 o’clock, prime time television — not Skinemax.

It’s much less of a travesty than, say, this dreadful ANTM shoot.

Judge for yourself. You can see more of the photos, all courtesy of The CW, at the ANTM Web site.

(As a side note: We think the gal in the photo below is a dead ringer for some dark fiend we’ve seen on Goths in Hot Weather. Eh? Eh?)

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Pasadena area real-estate roundup

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Related: The Smith brothers, Bob and Gregg, opened up about the economic realities of the restaurant biz in Rose Magazine’s summer issue. (PDF)

  • Construction is ongoing on the Atlantic Times Square project in Monterey Park. There’s no predicting when the 210-unit condo and mixed-use project off the I-10 will be complete. (via CurbedLA)
  • Cue The Bangles theme music, and live in your very own pyramid in the hills of Sierra Madre. You can lease for $3,500 a month, or buy for a cool $1.098 million. Photo gallery worth a peek. (via CurbedLA)

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles:

  • President of Lucky Strike Entertainment LLC and his wife have listed a five-bedroom, three-bath home at 577 Woodland Road in Pasadena for $1.75 million.

  • Outdoor music festival producer and San Marino realtor have listed a four-bedroom, four-bath home at 920 S. Oak Knoll Ave. in Pasadena for $2.15 million.

  • Land developer has listed a five-bedroom, seven-bath home built in 1913 at 585 Bellefontaine St. in Pasadena for $3.99 million.

Get to know Gold Line bridge designer who will shape ‘gateway to the San Gabriel Valley’

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In today’s paper, a Star-News reporter caught up with Andrew Leicester, the Minnesota-based artist who was chosen to design a bridge along the Foothill Gold Line extension in Arcadia.

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The 739-foot structure is being billed as an iconic gateway into the San Gabriel Valley.

Reporter Nathan McIntire writes:


The Metro Gold Line Foothill Construction
Authority chose Leicester in July to design the artistic elements of
the bridge, which will cost an estimated $20 to $25 million to build.

Leicester’s initial concept for the bridge, part of his pitch to the selection committee, was actually scrapped. (The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a rendering of that original concept, which featured references to peacocks.)


Now Leicester …
plans to incorporate the artistic traditions from Native American
tribes from the San Gabriel Valley, including the Chumash and
Gabrielenos, and references to the region’s native animal and plant
life into a contemporary structure.

It was Leicester’s experience that got him the job.

At right are some of the transit-oriented projects Leicester has in his online portfolio.

The top photo shows platform and bridge cladding that Leicester designed for the Charlotte, N.C.-area transit system.

Second and third photos from top show a light-rail transit stop designed in Minneapolis.

Bottom two photos show a ceramic wall mural project for Penn Station in New York City.

Below are some of Leicester’s past sketches for various public arts works.

(Photos and renderings courtesy Andrew Leicester)

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Pasadena area real-estate roundup

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  • Take up residence in a “posh principality” — aka San Marino. A 1936 ranch house being sold as-is, and you have to see this photo gallery (via CurbedLA).

This week’s residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles: