A mixed-use development linked to the family behind the Panda Express restaurant chain has received the blessing of the South Pasadena Planning Commission, reports the South Pasadenean.  

The project, called Mission Bell, would rise from a property at the southeast corner of Mission Street and Fairview Avenue.  Plans call for the construction of a new three-story story edifice featuring 36 residential units in addition to 7,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a two-level, 109-car subterranean parking garage.

Two existing buildings on the property - home to the La Fiesta Grande restaurant and Divergent Crossfit - are slated for demolition.  A third building, the 1921 Luttrell's Building at 1115 Mission, is slated to be partially retained with new housing atop ground-floor commercial uses.

Workshop Design Collective is designing Mission Bell, which would include a mix of loft-style units as well as one- and two-bedroom flats.  Renderings depict the project with Spanish Colonial Revival elements and a landscaped courtyard located to the rear of the new building.

The Cherng family, which owns the property, expects to break ground before the end of this year, according to the South Pasadenean.  Construction is anticipated to occur over 27 months, according to an environmental impact report conducted for the project.