Development in Glendora

Many Glendorans are expressing concern about new construction in our city, particularly the large scale Avalon Bay project on the NE corner of Rt. 66 and Glendora Ave.

Over the past 7 years, the loss of state redevelopment funds in combination with the economic recession resulted in very few new real estate developments in Glendora.  Recently, with the increase of the housing market, developers have returned to our city.

The Avalon Bay project was guided by the “Route 66 Corridor Specific Plan” which was initiated in 2000.  The Plan was three years in the making and received input from “The Alosta Corridor Committee,” which was a group of citizens, staff and council members. It was approved by council in 2003 and since then, has been the standard used for planning new development in the area.

At City Hall this Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 7pm, there will be an important city council meeting. We will be discussing and voting on two related items: 1. Is it time to review the Rt. 66 Corridor Specific Plan? and, 2. Should we hold a Town Hall meeting for residents regarding development? 

You are invited to attend this upcoming meeting to give your opinion during public comment, or you can contact the council in advance. 

The Rt. 66 Plan encourages high density development in order to meet the needs of the city such as bringing young families to Glendora to increase dwindling school enrollments, support local businesses and raise municipal revenue. The plan also aims to place housing near the future Gold Line train station so residents can easily commute to work. The five-story, 280 unit Avalon Bay project met the criterion of the Rt. 66 Corridor Specific Plan and did not require any variances to be approved.

For the past several years, I have spoken with our city manager and council regarding a review of the Rt. 66 Corridor Specific Plan to ensure that it still meets the needs and desires of our residents. One of my particular concerns is that The Plan does not allow for set-backs of more than 10 feet, which requires buildings to be close to the sidewalk with minimal landscaping. The Plan also allows for 5 story construction, which can block views of the foothills.

A review of The Plan has not received much support, and very few residents have attended council meetings to voice their opinion. If these matters are important to you, please become involved. Local government requires that three groups —city council, staff and citizens— all actively participate in the decision making process to achieve a well-rounded outcome.

If you are unable to attend Tuesday’s council meeting, you may watch at home on channel 3/31, or view it live on the city website at this link: http://www.ci.glendora.ca.us/residents/online-videos

Upcoming meeting agendas are also posted on the City website, along with video archives of prior meetings. For the past three months, each council meeting has had an in-depth presentation and discussion of various developments in process with the city. These videos are available for viewing on our website and residents are welcome to offer their feedback.

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  • j Will

    The development is awful and I feel sad you took away the beautiful view. And the traffic on Foothill has increased and you cannot get out of your driveways and our downtown is horrific because it does not have restaurants and fun stores that people want to go to. A lot of hair, nail, real estate places, so our downtown does not benefit at all. Go sit in Claremont or Monrovia and see a thriving downtown, or better yet Brea’s downtown street is awesome. Our town needs renovation badly, but these big projects are not the answer.

    • 9:14 pm - January 9, 2015

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  • Donna Black

    Thank you for the information.  It is greatly appreciated. Donna 

    • 12:20 am - January 10, 2015

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  • Sherry Alexander

    This kind of development would suit New York or San Francisco, but not residential Glendora. Wish I could attend the 13th. Hope there will be more meetings so community voices will be heard proactively and not just after-the-fact.

    • 4:51 am - January 10, 2015

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  • Fred Mc Gehee

    Atrocious- a blight on Glendora.
    You should be ashamed!!

    • 6:39 am - January 10, 2015

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  • Jan Rawson

    It’s getting to the point we don’t recognize Glendora when we make our once-a-year trek north to get out taxes done. Alas!

    • 9:41 am - January 10, 2015

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  • Rob Johnson

    I’m a little confused…seems this ship has sailed. Though I agree the project does not fit into the look and feel of small-town Glendora, the project looks nearly completed. These issues should have been addressed long ago. Wouldn’t any changes as significant as these be difficult/impossible to remedy now?
    As a side note, will there be a detrimental impact on our schools, such as overcrowding.

    • 5:04 pm - January 10, 2015

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  • Jim Miller

    Thanks for the informative piece. I’m glad to see Glendora looking meaningfully and strategically towards the future.

    • 7:01 pm - January 10, 2015

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  • Pastor James Miller

    Thanks for the informative piece. I’m glad to see Glendora looking meaningfully and strategically towards the future.

    • 7:02 pm - January 10, 2015

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  • Jill Crowell

    So glad you are spearheading a review of the plan. The thought of more buildings of that size going up in Glendora is horrible. It won’t be hometown but downtown. Not where I want to live.

    • 8:34 pm - January 10, 2015

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  • N. Hull

    Interesting post, residents can not recognize downtown Glendora . Too bad they do not shop Glendora village, as they come there once a year. Shame on you for not supporting our village merchants.

    • 4:35 am - February 15, 2015

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  • Rufus Jones

    Whoever is responsible for all of this development like on route 66 and Glendora avenue etc. you will make this city just like the city of Los Angeles and the city of Glendale. It will be overcrowded, there will be no where to park, and it will be rat race just like Los Angeles and Glendale. Many longtime residents like myself are looking forward to retiring in a few years so we can move away. We moved here in the first place because it was like a small town, it was quiet and not crowded. People were mostly friendly and traffic was always light. We planned on retiring here as well. That will all change drastically, it already has. Stores are getting more and more crowded, parking lots and streets. The rat race is already getting worse. Traffic is worse and people are much more rude than they were even ten years ago. It’s too bad so many are so willing to sell the soul of the city to buy their future.

    • 11:58 pm - February 21, 2015

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  • G. E. Mullin, et al

    Things are certainly changing in most negative ways! The monstrosity at Route 66 and Glendora Ave is just as out-of-character as the unsightly development resembling a cheap Hollywood movie façade across the street from the U.S. Post Office. What’s going on??? High density and additional income can’t be achieved by building on Arrow Highway where real blight exists and renovation truly required? Why destroy the beauty of this unique northern section of our beloved foothill community? Are some person or persons “in the back pocket” of developers or have we just been led down this path of ugliness and congestion by some TERRIBLY poor decisions of a few? A shameful, embarrassing irreversible harm has been, and continues to be, done to our once jewel of a city. Heartbreaking to those of us who have lived here many years and now have to see such degradation and erosion of our beloved town.

    • 8:50 am - April 10, 2015

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