A final presentation to the Pasadena Design Commission offers a look at updated plans for a new multifamily residential development near the intersection of Los Robles Avenue and Cordova Street.

View looking southwest from Los Robles AvenueTyler + Kelly Architecture

The project, which would replace an office building at 253 S. Los Robles Avenue, calls for the construction of a six-story building containing 90 one- and two-bedroom dwellings - including eight very low-income affordable units - above a two-level, 126-car basement garage.

Tyler + Kelly Architecture is designing the development which was previously described as being of a contemporary style, organized into blocky volumes with flat roofs, offset wall planes, and punched openings. A landscaped courtyard - accessible to the public - would front Los Robles Avenue. Additional open space for residents would include a rooftop deck and a gym.

While fundamentally similar to the conceptual design presented to the Commission in mid-2020, the final look for the project incorporates feedback provided at the earlier meeting relating to landscaping and fenestration.

Street-level courtyardTyler + Kelly Architecture

A staff report recommended approval of the final concept, subject to conditions to ensure the real-life product lives up to plans.

City records still list the owner of the property at the Pasadena-based entity Zhuang & Zhong Los Robles, LLC, which is managed by Changni Zhong. Korn Randolph is listed as the project's landscape architect.

The development site sits on a block which has been busy with construction in recent years. Directly north is the 388 condominiums, an adaptive reuse project which converted a 1980s office building into housing. Directly south is the Del Mar, a 55-unit condominium complex which opened earlier this year.

Rooftop deckTyler + Kelly Architecture