On September 26, the Pasadena Design Commission is scheduled to consider a request for more time from the developer of a proposed mixed-use project at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.

Back in 2019, the City of Pasadena signed off on plans for The Orange Grove, a development which would bring 48 apartments and 7,389 square feet of ground-floor retail space to the site of a shuttered nursery at 700 Orange Grove Boulevard. Plans also called for parking located at street level and in one subterranean level.

Rendering of The Orange Grove from Orange and CypressLCRA

City records list the owner and applicant behind the project as the Cerritos-based entity Haven Ponderosa, LLC.

The design of the building, which comes from architecture firm LCRA, was described at the time as being a combination of the Main Street Commercial and Craftsman styles.

690-700 N Orange Grove AvenueGoogle Maps

With market conditions stymieing construction across Los Angeles County, Haven Ponderosa is seeking a one-year extension of its final design review approval to September 2024 - the current deadline is already the result of a one-year extension granted due to the global pandemic. The project is eligible for one addition extension, which could see approvals run as far as September 2025.

The project would sit diagonally southwest across the intersection of Orange Grove and Lincoln Avenue from the Lincoln at Orange Grove, a new development featuring mostly affordable for-sale housing built by Heritage Housing Partners.

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