According to the LADCP document, Pasadena-based Pangea Development intends to build its proposed mixed-use complex at the corner of 7th Street and Lucas Avenue, replacing the two-story City Center Motel. The proposed development would consist of a 26-story tower offering 241 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, nearly 7,300 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a six-level, 341-car parking garage. Other proposed features include an outdoor pool and spa deck and a community room.
Pasadena-based American General Design, the architecture firm tasked with crafting the look and feel of development, employs materials such as corrugated metal, tinted glass and concrete in the design of the 278-foot tower. Despite its modern appearance, the project may also give a nod to its past: renderings indicate that the City Center Motel's Googie-style blade sign may be incorporated into the new development's podium.
Although the project does not require a general plan amendment or a zone change, Pangea has requested a density bonus allowing for a 35% increase in floor area ratio in exchange for setting aside 20 residential units for very-low income households.
Currently, plans call for a 24-month construction timeline, which completion expected in mid-2019.
The project sits immediately west of the site of another proposed development which would include a high-rise residential building and a hotel.