Planned for a nearly six-acre property at 700-800 San Gabriel Boulevard, heavy construction is set to begin this month for the project, which will feature 243 one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings, eight street-fronting live/work units, and approximately 73,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Plans also call for semi-subterranean parking for 983 vehicles.
Architect Richard Abe of Media Portfolio designed Pacific Square, which will include two five-story buildings, flanking a roughly 23,000-square-foot park space that would open to Gladys Avenue on the eastern property line. To the west facing San Gabriel Boulevard, plans call for 10,000-square-foot plaza.
Construction of Pacific Square is anticipated to occur over an approximately 32-month period, according to an environmental study conducted for the project.
At the time of completion, Preferred Bank, which provided construction financing for Pacific Square, is expected to open a new branch on the ground floor of the building.
The project is among a handful of similar mixed-use projects featuring housing and commercial space in San Gabriel, including a similar development proposed for a site located a half-mile north at 220 South San Gabriel Boulevard.
The large, currently empty development site that will one day be home to Pacific Square has its origins in San Gabriel's agricultural past. The property was previously a nursery under the ownership of the Yoshimura family, which still maintains a retail store across San Gabriel Boulevard. The nursery recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.
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