An application for final design review reveals more (and likely the last) tweaks to the look of a proposed multifamily residential development at the intersection of Union Street and Mar Vista Avenue in Pasadena.

Since 2020, Alexander and Kathy Metaxas have sought to redevelop a site with two single-family homes and a duplex at 130-140 N. Mar Vista Avenue with a new four-story building featuring 23 one- and two-bedroom apartments above partially subterranean parking for 27 vehicles.

Aerial viewTighe Architecture

In exchange for density bonus incentives permitting waivers of certain development standards, the project would be required to set aside three apartments for rent by very low-income and moderate-income households.

Tighe Architecture remains the design firm attached to 130-140 Mar Vista, which retains the L-shaped footprint and large, landscaped setbacks along both Union Street and Mar Vista Avenue when last seen in March 2023. The most visible change is the color scheme of the building, which swapped blue and grey cement fiber board shingles for a green paint job.

130-140 N Mar Vista AvenueGoogle Maps

A staff report recommends approval of final design review.

The proposed apartment building would rise two blocks from the intersection of Walnut Street and Catalina Avenue, where the Salvation Army has developed a mixed-use development centered on permanent supportive housing.

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