A year-and-a-half after we last checked in, a mixed-use project from local real estate investment firm Mill Creek Development is now fully framed just south of the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

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The project, called Olivewood Village, includes two separate properties located at 535 E. Union Street and 54 N. Oakland Avenue, which were previously the site of a surface parking lot and a small commercial building. While precise plans for the site have proven elusive, a full buildout of the development will include more than 100 apartments, ground-floor commercial space, and parking.

According to a 2018 report to the Pasadena Planning Commission, Olivewood North, - located at 535 Union, will include a series of three-to-six-story buildings containing of 86 residential units above 166 subterranean parking spaces. Olivewood South, located at 54 Oakland, consists of a six-story edifice that will feature 55 age-restricted senior apartments above parking for 108 vehicles.

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As of 2018, the project is being designed by CallisonRTKL. Pre-development and entitlement design work was done by Colorado-based [au]workshop.

Olivewood Village is the latest in a recent series of mixed-use and multifamily residential projects in the Playhouse District, including the Andalucía apartments - another project built and later sold by Mill Creek Development - and a new housing and retail complex now under construction at the intersection of Union Street and El Molino Avenue.

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Besides housing, new open space is also taking shape in the Playhouse District. The City of Pasadena is busy adding a .67-acre pocket park on the north side of Union between El Molino and Oak Knoll Avenues.

In addition to its Playhouse District ventures, Mill Creek is also participating on a similar mixed-use housing complex near Sierra Madre Villa Station at 3452-3488 E. Foothill Boulevard