YWCA building’s fate to be decided at City Council

YWCA building’s fate to be decided at City Council

The Pasadena City Council Monday could approve the use of the historic YWCA building at 78 North Marengo as a boutique hotel.

The proposed 179-room hotel would require some remodeling of the current structure, which was originally designed by famed California architect Julia Morgan. At least one design under consideration could encroach onto parkland across the street from City Hall. Several residents have expressed displeasure with that possibility.

“In the bigger picture, will the added revenue from a larger hotel closer to City Hall have a significant benefit to the people of Pasadena sixty years from now?” Pasadena resident Avram Gold asked in a letter presented to the Planning Commission on July 13.

The Planning Commission received 13 such letters from the public at its last meeting. The letters can be read here.

Commission members say their sole goal is preservation of the YWCA building. Official estimates place the renovation cost between $14 and $16 million.

A vote on the proposal will take place following a public hearing during the City Council meeting on Monday night. The Foothill Advocate will be live-tweeting the hearing as it occurs at @FTHAdvocate.

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