Two staff reports to the Pasadena Design Commission recommend the approval of final concepts for a pair of proposed infill apartment buildings in the Playhouse District.

Northeast view of 139 Oak Knoll Avenue developmentOnyx Architects

The projects, both of which are being developed by Pasadena-based developer Toledo Homes, would replace surface parking lots located on neighboring sites at 139 and 150 S. Oak Knoll Avenue.  Plans call for the construction of two four-story buildings featuring a total of 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments - including four deed-restricted affordable units - and subsurface parking garages with capacity for 45 vehicles.

Onyx Architects is designing both projects which are depicted in updated renderings as modern low-rise structures, with exteriors composed mostly of stucco.  Both apartment buildings would include rooftop amenity decks for use by residents.

The project sites sit a short walk south of a 2.3-acre property the southeast corner of Oak Knoll Avenue and Green Street, where Downtown-based developer Jade Enterprises has proposed the construction of a larger mixed-use project consisting of 263 apartments, retail space, and a small pocket park.

Northwest view of 150 Oak Knoll Avenue developmentOnyx Architects

In addition to the Oak Knoll projects, Toledo Homes is also behind new apartment buildings now under construction near the Paseo mall and in the northern part of the Playhouse District.  The company's other developments include new housing complexes slated for Burbank and Glendale.