Plans to build housing and retail on a site bisected by the Rubio Wash in San Gabriel are back and bigger than ever, according to a new environmental report released by the City of San Gabriel.

Rubio Village, proposed by Panku, Inc. for a site at 201 N. San Gabriel Boulevard, calls for the construction of three  buildings which would feature a combined total of 225 residential studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings in a mix of stacked flats and townhomes. Plans also call for approximately 13,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking.

View of approved May 2022 plan from San Gabriel Boulevard looking northwestPanku, Inc.

The current plan for Rubio Village is the third within the past 16 years. In 2007, a smaller project with 159 residential units was proposed by a prior landowner. Subsequently, Panku obtained entitlements for a 179-unit complex on the 2.9-acre property in May 2022.

As with the prior iteration of Rubio Village, LCRA has been retained to design the apartment complex. Unlike the most recent plan, which called for a series of four-story buildings, the new project includes a mix of heights ranging from two to six stories. However, the revised project still retains the Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture of the earlier proposal, as well as plans to build a new plaza above the Rubio Wash.

201 S. San Gabriel BoulevardGoogle Maps

According to the environmental study, construction of Rubio Village is expected to occur over a roughly 25-month period. Work could begin as early as February 2024 and conclude by February 2026.

The project site sits roughly a half-mile north of another large empty lot at 700 S. San Gabriel Boulevard, where construction began earlier this year for a larger mixed-use complex featuring more than 250 residential units and retail space.

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