Pasadena area real-estate and development roundup

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We’re playing catch-up around here, since we were working around the clock to get our winter edition of the Rose Magazine to press.

Here’s what’s been happening recently on the Pasadena real-estate scene:

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    Private, all-girls Westridge School is expanding with a new science building that will be LEED-certified [pictured / via Brigham Yen]

  • Across the street from the future mixed-use Playhouse Plaza, a bridal shop has moved into the corner of Colorado and El Molino [via Brigham Yen]

  • Brigham Yen scores a closer look at the Westgate Apartments. The first phase opened up last month, with about 29 units ready for move-in [via Brigham Yen and CurbedLA]

  • The new building on Raymond Avenue that will become the future home of KPCC radio is coming along [via Brigham Yen]

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles:

  • Children’s educational materials professional has listed for sale a six-bedroom, seven-bath home in Pasadena for $2.8 million

(Rendering via Brigham Yen)

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)

Pasadena area real-estate and development roundup

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  • There will be a ribbon-cutting Monday for the new Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flight Projects Center at 4800 Oak Grove in Pasadena. The structure was designed by Irvine-based architecture firm LPA Inc. (via CurbedLA)

  • Would you prefer two years of NFL games in Downtown Los Angeles or Pasadena? What Majestic Realty’s John Semcken wants, he almost always gets. (via CurbedLA)

  • The Pasadena Convention Center has received a
    Best of 2009 award from California Construction for its $150 million
    expansion project.
    (via Star-News)


  • Elected officials gave the hard-sell for Gold Line Foothill Extension funding Wednesday. (via Star-News)

Residential real-estate highlights:

  • An abandoned mid-century Pasadena home with three bedrooms and one-and-three-quarter bathrooms is on the market for $550,000. (via CurbedLA)

  • Legal consultant Stuart A. Forsyth and Mary J. Forsyth have listed a two-bedroom, two-bath home at 455 Cherry Dr. in Pasadena for $1.195 million. (via BlockShopper)

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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No free rides: Turnstiles coming to a Metro station near you

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Star-News Opinion Editor Steve Scauzillo had an interesting Gold Line experience this weekend: Someone actually checked to see that he had purchased a ticket.

Four sheriff’s deputies boarded the train at Del Mar Station and spoke to everyone on board. … No more scofflaws.

Metro has been conducting more ticket checks to detect “fare evasion.”

To that end, Metro is also installing turnstile fare gates at four Metro Red/Purple Line subway stations.

If those installations are successful, which they are expected to be, you will soon see turnstiles in every single subway and light-rail station as early as 2010.

Metro says it is the only subway operator with a
barrier-free “proof of payment” system — basically, an honor system — where fares are randomly (and rarely) checked
by employees and sheriff’s deputies.

Metro officials say the agency loses about $5 million each year due to non-paying riders.

(Photo: Metro Gold Line riders at the Del Mar Station in Pasadena. Walt Mancini / Staff)