Monthly Archives: July 2009
The corner of the brand new Raymond Renaissance condos is now “98% completed.” The sidewalk in front of the Raymond Renaissance condos was being redone and a new tree was slated to be planted on the corner as well. All that’s missing is the new tree (a new tree grate has been installed in the sidewalk) and the upcoming BLD restaurant taking the corner space. The new tree should be here sooner than the restaurant (I hope). I passed by yesterday and saw that the BLD space is definitely being built out. I hope it will be able to open by winter of this year.
Some exciting news for the growing number of bike riders in LA. The Gold Line Memorial Park Station recently added bike storage (Del Mar Station already has bike storage available). This would come in very handy for those who may live just a little too far away to walk to the station but would still use the station for possibly commuting to work if they could bike to the station and store it for the day. There are 14 spaces available and I hope this helps encourage people to get out of their cars!
The swap that took place this month between Gold Bug and the watch repair shop has successfully completed. Gold Bug, which sells an eclectic collection of esoteric and artistic objects, has made a substantially positive impact to Union Street by providing pedestrians “more to look at” as they walk by. Having another strong business on the street helps Union Street become more active and relevant to Old Pasadena shoppers.
The fashion retail store Debeuco has finally opened on Colorado Blvd. in the heart of Old Pasadena in the former Z Gallerie space. Selling mostly trendy apparel and accessories such as True Religion denim and Prada sunglasses, Debeuco is a welcome addition to this stretch of Colorado.
Straight from the horse’s mouth. I spoke to someone related to the new owner as workers were actively building out the former Siena space on Union Street. What I was told before was that the new concept replacing Siena would be a “Welsh pub,” but now I’m being told it’s a “French/Belgian restaurant/pub.” Being that the guy who told me was related to the new owner, I’m going to go with what he said.
While wandering through the very cute Riviera Village area of Redondo Beach, I saw this unique planter that also acted as a bench for pedestrians to sit on. The style of the planter and palm species reminded me immediately of South Lake Avenue and I thought about the many possibilities for this exact planter to be placed strategically throughout South Lake Avenue where pedestrians could sit and enjoy the strolling atmosphere that the South Lake Avenue district is now beginning to offer again.
What used to be the jewelry store called Sixty East Gallery next to Jamba Juice in Old Pasadena will now be the third Baskin Robbins ice cream store in Pasadena. A notice of non-responsibility is taped to the front door of the retail space and a franchisee of Baskin Robbins will be starting (if not already) build-out of the space sometime in the future.
Some updates around Pasadena pertaining to your taste buds!
The first phase of Westgate is chugging along steadily (thankfully!), and it’s definitely made some visual progress since the last update on this blog. At the rate the progress is going, it’ll probably be completely done by the end of this year. Then the second and third phases will follow as the economy improves. As a recap, the first phase will be completed as rentals and the second and third will probably be condominiums. I can’t wait to see how Westgate changes the dynamic of this part of Old Pasadena.