Planned Development #39 - Affinity Project

PROJECT ADDRESS
465-577 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA

PROJECT UPDATES
Update (January 18, 2022)

The City of Pasadena has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Affinity Project (Project). The comment period to receive comments on the draft EIR began Tuesday, January 18, 2022 and concludes Thursday, March 3, 2022. Comments must be received in writing no later than 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, March 3, 2022.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Project Applicant, The Arroyo Parkway, LLC, has submitted a Planned Development application requesting approval to rezone the Project site from CD-6 (Central District Specific Plan [CDSP], Arroyo Corridor/Fair Oaks subdistrict), to a Planned Development (PD) zone, and approval of a PD Plan. The Applicant is also requesting a zoning variance for historic resources related to building height. Specifically, to allow an increase in allowable building height to offset the reduction in developable area due to preserving two existing historic structures on the Project site. The Project involves demolition of six (of the nine) existing buildings totaling 45,912 square feet (sf), located at 491, 495, 499, 503, 541, and 577 South Arroyo Parkway and construction of two new buildings: (1) a 154,000-square foot (sf), 7-story (aboveground, 93’6” tall) medical office building with ground-floor commercial uses (Building A); and (2) a 184,376-sf, 7-story (aboveground, 90’6” tall) assisted living building with 85,800 sf of assisted living uses and 98,576 sf of independent living uses including up to 95 one- and two-bedroom senior housing units (Building B). As proposed, there would be five subterranean levels providing up to 850 parking spaces. Approximately 31,605 sf of open space, including public and private (for solely resident and staff use) space would be provided across the Project site.

Alternatively, the proposed PD Plan would provide the flexibility to exchange the uses in Building A from medical office and ground floor commercial for the following:

  • 3,000 sf of commercial and a sales/leasing management office on the ground floor;
  • Up to 197 residential dwelling units; and
  • Up to 650 parking spaces in four subterranean levels (one less subterranean level than the Project as proposed).

Although the Project described is anticipated to reflect the Project to be constructed, the flexibility to exchange uses in Building A would enable the Project to respond to the economic needs and demands of the City at the time of Project implementation. The proposed site layout and the aboveground height, mass, and other parameters of the Building A design would remain the same. The PD Plan would define all aspects of site design and provide caps on the types and amounts of allowable land uses, regardless of whether Building A is developed with medical office or residential dwelling units. It is noted that based on the applicable development cap of 87 dwelling units per acre (du/acre), a total of 289 units could be constructed. Therefore, if a total of 197 units were constructed in Building A, only 92 independent living units could be constructed in Building B. Conversely, if 95 independent living units were constructed in Building B, only 194 units could be constructed in Building A.

A total of approximately 79,553 sf of the existing development on site would be retained and integrated into the Project, including the Whole Foods grocery store and associated 275-space subterranean parking structure at 465 South Arroyo Parkway and two historic structures at 501 and 523 South Arroyo Parkway. The Applicant anticipates that restaurant uses would occupy the approximately 5,882 sf of space in the existing buildings to be retained at 501 and 523 South Arroyo Parkway.

A total of five levels of subterranean parking spanning both proposed buildings would also be constructed to serve the new development as well as the existing structures at 501 and 523 South Arroyo Parkway under the Project. For the Project with Building A residential/Commercial, a total of four levels of subterranean parking spanning both proposed buildings with up to 650 parking spaces would be constructed. The Project would result in the removal of 23 non-protected non-native trees on the Project site and 2 protected, non-native street trees. The Project would include a total of 25 trees in above-grade planters within the site. The 15 remaining street trees on site, which are protected by the City of Pasadena’s City Trees and Tree Protection Ordinance, would be preserved in place. The project entitlements needed for the project include the following:

  • Adoption of the Planned Development (PD) Zoning District and PD Plan (this includes approval of the Affinity Project, zoning map amendment to rezone the property from CD-6 to PD-39, and variance for Historic Resources for Building Height)
  • Certification of the Affinity Project Environmental Impact Report;
  • Public Street Tree Removal;
  • Design Review;
  • Vesting Tentative Tract Map/Tentative Tract Map (only if residential units for sale); and
  • Other discretionary and ministerial permits and approvals that may be deemed necessary, including but not limited to: master sign plan, temporary street closure permits, encroachment permits, grading permits, excavation permits, foundation permits, and building permits (including lot tie agreement).

The City of Pasadena General Plan land use designation is High Mixed Use, with a density of 0-87 dwelling units per acre and a floor area ratio of 0-3.0. The Project is anticipated to be constructed beginning in 2023 over a period of approximately 34 months.


ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

The proposed Project includes discretionary entitlements that require compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). An Initial Study (IS) was prepared for the proposed project and identified several environmental topics that were further analyzed in the EIR, including but not limited to the following topic areas of analysis: Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Land Use and Planning, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, and Utilities and Services
Systems.

The public review period of the IS began on August 5, 2021 and concluded September 3, 2021. During the public review period, two scoping meetings were held (#1 - August 11, 2021 [Planning Commission]; #2 - August 26, 2021) to solicit public input on the content of the EIR.

The draft EIR was prepared in consideration of comments received during the scoping meetings as well as any issues identified in the IS and/or during the public review period. Public comments on the draft EIR may be receiving during the comment period which began on January 18, 2022 and concludes March 3, 2022. The draft EIR is available for online public review and a hardcopy of the Draft EIR is available for public review at the City of Pasadena Permit Center, City of Pasadena Office of the City Clerk, and City of Pasadena Allendale Branch Library during regular business hours as allowed by applicable health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the notice of availability for additional information regarding availability of environmental documents.

All comments received on the draft EIR will be included in, and responded to, in the final EIR. The City Council must certify the final EIR prior to adopting the PD zone and PD Plan.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

The Planning Commission will hold a study session to inform the public and Planning Commission about the proposed Affinity Project (PD-39) and to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Please see the Planning Commission agenda below for instructions on how to access the public meeting via Zoom videoconference. The meeting agenda will be posted no later than February 18, 2022.

DEIR Public Hearing (Planning Commission)

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Agenda: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/commissions/planning-commission/
Video Conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84625546920

Notice of Availability

Notice of Completion

Please submit comment on the Draft EIR in writing by 5:30 PM on March 3, 2022. Comments on the Draft EIR may be submitted in writing during the 45-day public review period (January 18, 2022 to March 3, 2022). Written comments must be sent to Jason Van Patten, Senior Planner, City of Pasadena Planning and Community Development Department, 175 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91101; or jvanpatten@cityofpasadena.net.

This website will be updated to reflect any additional notice of subsequent public meetings and/or public review period.

 


CONTACT INFORMATION
MAILING ADDRESS: Planning & Community Development Department, Current Planning Section, 175 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, California, 91101

CASE MANAGER: Jason Van Patten, Senior Planner
EMAIL: jvanpatten@cityofpasadena.net