Commission approves design concept for proposed eight-story hotel along East Colorado Boulevard and North Hill Avenue – Pasadena Now
The Design Commission on Tuesday approved the concept for the proposed eight-story, 375-room hotel with underground parking on Colorado Boulevard at North Hill Avenue, at the corner of the kitten opposite the western edge of PCC.
The commission found that comments made at a meeting held last January 25 were properly addressed in the revised design application submitted by J&K Plus Investments, LLC and its architect ACRM Architects + Interiors.
The proposed 335,560 square foot building is currently landscaped with one-story automotive sales and repair structures and large surface parking lots.
The project includes demolishing six non-historic buildings and maintaining the dealership’s main showroom at 1355 East Colorado Boulevard, which has been deemed a historic resource.
“I’m really happy with how it’s going. The architects have put it together with care and I think it will truly be an amazing building,” said Commissioner Robert Carpenter.
“We’ve been critical of this project in the past, but I think it’s come a long way and I think it feels a lot more contextual,” said Andrew Salimian of Pasadena Heritage.
The hotel building, proposed to be constructed at exactly 1347-1365 East Colorado Boulevard, 35-39 North Hill Avenue and 36-56 North Holliston Avenue, is one of two projects the applicant is proposing in the area.
The other building, proposed to be constructed at 1336-1350 East Colorado Boulevard, is a 5-story mixed-use building with 21,539 square feet of retail space and 49 residential units.
The project includes the demolition of two non-historic buildings.
Although the commission approved the design concept for the hotel building, it voted to keep the building mixed-use to give the claimant more time to resolve the design issues pointed out by the commissioners.
“I am not yet convinced that it is there. I’d like to see them come back with a bit more cohesive design, a bit more clarity, and a bit more simplicity. Instead of trying to put all sorts of possible things on this building that would link the Mediterranean to Art Deco,” said curator Julianna Delgado.
Commissioner Christopher Hawthorne, for his part, said the design of the mixed-use building was still “undercooked”.
“I support the continuation of this particular part of the project,” said Commissioner Carpenter. “There are other contextual issues that need to be addressed by this particular building.”
The applicant will return to the commission to present the revised design of the mixed-use building on June 14.