Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 21, 2012
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proposed 50-foot live/work building in VillageWest is back for final ap-proval Tuesday, July 24.
The Claremont City Council will reviewthe proposed project, set to take over the nowvacant Rich Product building on the cornerof Oberlin Avenue and First Street. The 4-story structure with internal parking garageand adjacent 30-foot building gained unani-mous approval from the planning commis-sion late last month.Tentatively titled “The Village Lofts,” theproject is geared at fitting the “urban envi-ronment” called for in the Village West ex-pansion plan. The 1.66-acre parcel includesretail and live/work spaces on the first 2floors, with residential apartments on the 2floors above and a rooftop pool. A restaurantis proposed for the corner space on the firstfloor. A parking garage with 140 spaces willalso be included, 61 of which will be reservedfor residents of the building. The adjacent 30-foot structure will contain 5 two-storylive/work spaces, similar to those in ThePacking House.Despite the development’s initial approvalby the commission, many residents came for-ward in opposition. Reasons cited include in-creased traffic as well as the building’s heightand zoning, both of which are not in compli-ance with city code. The city is proposing thatcode changes be made to accommodate theproject.The council will review a proposal tochange the maximum height of buildingstypically allowed in the city’s commercialmixed-use zones. The development’s designexceeds the 3 story or 40-foot maximum. Anadditional 10 feet was added to accommo-date the last level of the building’s design, ac-cording to Chris Veirs, senior planner for thecity. The zone change is proposed given thatit is the last parcel available for developmentin Village West.Planning commissioners lent their ap-proval to both changes as well as to the proj-ect as a whole.“This is an attempt to make a viable cityreemerge in a time when densities are in-creasing,” said Commissioner MartinMcLeod. “We are trying to manage thosedensities intelligently, and the flexibility thatthis project is proposing is wonderful.”The council will review a proposed Multi-Family Rental Housing Ordinance, callingfor an annual review of such facilities to en-sure proper maintenance and code enforce-ment. The city hopes the review will helpreduce crime rates sometimes associated withsuch complexes. A request to award the con-tract for the new parking meters at the Clare-mont Hills Wilderness Park will also beexamined.The regular meeting of the ClaremontCity Council begins at 6:30 p.m. at the CityCouncil Chamber, 225 W. Second St. Thefull agenda is available at www.ci.clare-mont.ca.us.
Monday, July 23
Sustainability CommitteeCitrus Room, City Hall, 4 p.m.Tree CommitteeCommunity Services Department1616 Monte Vista Ave., 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25
Committee On Aging RetreatClaremont University Consortium101 S. Mills Ave., 3 p.m.Architectural CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Council’s last step in makingexpansion plan a reality
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A year ago, two blood drives Now we dance and singat concerts in the park: YEAH!
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