The former site of the Starlite Drive-In theatre in South El Monte will be redeveloped with townhomes and multifamily residential units, per a newly published environmental report.

2560 Rosemead BoulevardGoogle Maps

KB Home, the firm behind the proposed Starlite residential project at 2560 Rosemead Boulevard, intends to redevelop the now vacant 12.3-acre property with 207 homes - including 169 single-family residences and 38-multi-family dwellings. Plans also call for 9,000 square feet of recreation space, including a pool and a community building.

As with many KB Home projects, plans call for a range of three-story attached and detached buildings, knit together by private roadways and pedestrian paseos. The homes will come in a variety of architectural styles, including Spanish Colonial Revival and Craftsman.

While most elements of the former drive-in have long been demolished, the theatre's former marquee remains, and is to be maintained and restored as part of the project.

The Starlite Drive-In marquee sign on Rosemead BoulevardKB Home

Per the environmental report, construction of the Starlite development is expected to occur over a 19-month period starting in Fall 2022 and concluding in Spring 2024.

For a look back at the Starlite's most recent incarnation as a swap meet, see this 2014 piece published by KCET.