Project Variance Denied!

8 Apr

On April 7, a hearing officer denied a variance that would have allowed a development to proceed without onsite parking at 1388 W. Colorado Blvd., near Melrose Avenue in West Pasadena. Developers at the site want to build a 675 square-foot, single-story medical office building at the site.

Neighbors were concerned that parking would spill into nearby businesses and on the street, increasing traffic in the neighborhood, which includes a nearby park. 

“What we saw at the hearing tonight was San Rafael neighbors springing into action to make their concerns heard,” said San Rafael Neighborhoods Association (SRNA)  President Robin Salzer told Pasadena Now. “Per our mission statement it is important that when issues arise in our neighborhood our neighbors participate in the process. Be assured that any worthwhile action will create a passion of activism to affect change and galvanize support. We saw that tonight with 45+ letters and emails sent in over the last couple of days to city staff.”

The SRNA put out a call for feedback on the project earlier this week. 

In those letters, local residents called on the hearing officer to deny the variance and protect the neighborhood.

It is not known if the project will be reworked again.The owner of the building also has the option to build on the corner, but that would lead to the elimination of green space on the property. 

Local residents oppose that idea as well. 

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