Monthly Archives: May 2010

Westgate Apartments Grand Opening Celebration in Pasadena

The grand opening of Westgate Apartments was held yesterday with a formal ribbon cutting

I had a chance to stop by the grand opening of the well-designed Westgate Apartments yesterday, which was attended by employees of Sares-Regis (the developer), architects involved with the project, community stakeholders, and civic leaders including the Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard.

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Fillmore Gold Line Station Remodel Almost Complete in Pasadena

A remodeled Fillmore station reflects the increasing demand for improvements to public transit infrastructure

The remodel of the Fillmore Gold Line station is finally wrapping up as large red planters, new vegetation, seating, bike racks, and other aesthetic improvements have been successfully implemented. The fencing around the new public plaza and walkway should be coming down soon, and the simple yet dramatic improvements will give the station a fresh new look that is sure to be a welcome change to an area with increasing demand for pedestrian-oriented enhancements.

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Blair Middle School Rising in Pasadena

A rendering of the new school viewing north

With Measure TT passed in 2008 by almost 75% of Pasadena, Sierra Madre, and Altadena voters, those bond dollars ($350 million) are hard at work constructing the brand new Blair Middle School across the street from Blair High School with scheduled completion in 2011. Voters overwhelmingly supported the measure to invest in our schools that provide the venue for learning and education so that hopefully the PUSD (Pasadena Unified School District) will offer stronger public schools that compete with private ones.

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Westgate Phase I Construction Wrapping Up in Pasadena

The dramatic transformation of this once forlorn area is seen in this view of De Lacey Commons at the new Westgate Apartments with the new De Lacey Place luxury condos (not part of Westgate) in the background

The first phase of the Westgate project is definitely wrapping up soon. I would say that about 80% of the entire thing is complete from a quick visual survey and walk through. I took these pictures last week and was thoroughly impressed with the outcome of the complex. I love how each building is designed differently (as you can tell in the pictures below), but are still tied together to form a community with the paseos that traverse through the complex.

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24 Hour Fitness Gym Closes for Remodeling

The gym will be closed for a month for remodeling

Every so often, as a 24 Hour Fitness member, I try to make it out to the gym and have gone a few times to the one located in the Playhouse District in the basement of the new Le Cordon Bleu building. I have always liked this gym in particular because it is located within the basement of a historic building with many historic features still left intact, like the metal tracks on the floor used by whatever factory assembly it may have been in the past. Nothing like working out in a historical environment!

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New Turnstiles at Lake Ave Gold Line Station in Pasadena

New TAP-card turnstiles were recently installed at the Lake Ave Gold Line station

Looks like the Lake Ave Gold Line station recently installed the newer turnstiles that Metro has already implemented in most, if not all, of the Red and Purple subway stations. I have a feeling that eventually most of the Gold Line stations will get these TAP-card turnstiles to remain consistent with the rest of the rail network.

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Jazz at the Pasadena Playhouse

Jazz at the Pasadena Playhouse

Even though lately there’s been some uncertainty surrounding the Pasadena Playhouse with its solvency issues, the Memorial Day weekend will offer patrons three nights of jazz music to help hold us over until the venerated theatre comes out of the woods.

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Ideas for Pasadena: Spruce Up Macy’s at Paseo Colorado

This expansive blank wall is not only pedestrian unfriendly and ignores the community's needs, but it also has great potential to be rethought and transformed into a building that benefits the community

With the grand opening of the much welcomed (and much needed jolt-in-the-arm) ArcLight Cinemas at Paseo Colorado last week, one would hope that Developers Diversified Realty (the owner of Paseo Colorado) is taking the opportunity of this fleeting moment in the media to continue the good press and to put in the effort needed to turn the moribund lifestyle center into a regional draw. Is that too much to ask for?

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Jazzy Jam 2010 Benefit Concert in Pasadena

Jazzy Jam 2010 Benefit Concert

Chaired by Pasadena Councilwoman Jacque Robinson and hosted by KJAZZ 88.1 radio personality Bubba Jackson, Jazzy Jam 2010 will be held in Pasadena next weekend and is a benefit concert that supports enrichment programs for Pasadena’s children and youth. From the website, “the proceeds from Jazzy Jam 2010’s concert will support arts education and youth served by Charity Events Outreach Services and Flintridge Operating Foundation.”

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Inside Views of the Raymond Renaissance Condos in Old Pasadena

A loft unit in the Raymond Renaissance

For those who have not had a chance to view the condo units for sale inside the Raymond Renaissance, I wanted to post these interior shots of two model units that are on the second floor. One is a two-bedroom unit and the other is a loft.

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