Pasadena City Council weighs hotel alternatives

Pasadena City Council weighs hotel alternatives

The Pasadena City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed 525-room hotel occupying two parcels across the street from each other East Colorado Boulevard and North Hill Avenue.  

At hearings in April and June, the planning commission suggested several modifications be implemented.

Discussions revolved around the size of the hotel and exterior access to ground-floor business. They proposed several noise-reduction measures, while city staff recommended reducing the total number of rooms.

The southern parcel on Holliston Avenue would not be used for hotel rooms in any city-proposed alternative project. Instead, that space would be used for residential or commercial purposes.

Despite the suggestions several residents remain opposed to the plan.

Preservation Director Jesse Lattig said in a letter to the planning commission that the construction would place nearby historic structures at risk, such as a car showroom on the northern parcel.

“To demolish [the showroom] would carelessly and unnecessarily erase forever the imprint of history on this site,” Lattig wrote. “When in fact this history can be incorporated into the project and strengthen the placemaking potential of new development.”

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