An outreach discussion for a proposed adaptive reuse development, including retail and residential uses at the corner of Mission Street and Fairview Avenue, is scheduled for next week.
Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project during the January 11 session, slated from 6 to 9 p.m., in the South Pasadena Library Community room. The meeting is open to the public. It marks the second public session on the project. On December 1, a sparse gathering of about 20 people were in attendance at a community discussion regarding the project held in the community room.
“A concept image represents the project team’s ‘in progress’ design efforts to create a project that compliments the urban fabric here in South Pasadena,” said Dwight Bond. the director of design for the proposed development.
If the proposal goes through, South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez said the 35-unit residential project, featuring storefronts, would occupy the space currently held by the La Fiesta Grande restaurant and a vacant building that once sold OroWeat and Entemann’s products.
The property owners are the Cherng family, well known for their Panda Express restaurants and other business ventures. “It’s my understanding they are starting to do some public awareness and outreach in the community about the proposal so that when they officially move it forward, it’s not a complete surprise,” explained Gonzalez.
With the OroWeat property vacant for several years, Gonzalez said it’s “blight” and the new structure will help to fill space that is not being fully utilized.
The Cherng’s proposed project is across the street from the South Pasadena Unified School District, where public pressure and outcry earlier this year from local residents helped persuade SPUSD officials to not construct a major mixed-use project. Before its demise, the school district looked at the major construction effort as a revenue stream from a financial arrangement with the developer.