Compiled by Bill Ruh, CVAR Director of Government Affairs
SharpLine Commercial Partners, a full-service boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm, has completed the $4.35 million acquisition of a 23,285-square-foot industrial building located on 1.84 acres at 15142 Vista Del Rio Ave., Chino. The facility features approximately 6,300 square feet of office space, three ground-level doors, and a large fenced yard. The buyer plans to occupy the property for its business once the existing lease with the current tenant expires in mid-2020.
Patrick Hamamoto was named to the Chino Hills Planning Commission, nominated by Mayor Cynthia Moran and approved by the city council. He will replace CVAR member and Planning Commissioner Adam Eliason who is moving to Orange County. Hamamoto had served on the Parks and Recreation Commission since 2010 when he was nominated by Councilman Art Bennett. Hamamoto is a retired arborist for Disney and formerly worked for the city of Corona as a landscape contracts manager and for Sustainable Civil Engineering Solutions, Inc. He also was co-owner and operator of Hamamoto’s Landscape, Inc. Hamamoto and his wife Kathleen are longtime Chino Hills residents and volunteers who raised their family in the city.
The Claremont Police Department now has four service areas with a lieutenant assigned to each area to address specific concerns residents may have in their neighborhoods. Service area policing allows residents to directly contact the lieutenant assigned to their area for non-emergency, quality of life issues. According to the Claremont Police Department, this is a citizen-friendly approach that will provide increased police accountability to citizens, more personalized service to residents and business owners, increased citizen satisfaction and communication and improved response to neighborhood quality of life issues. The city is portioned into four quadrants at Indian Hill Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard, which are identified as Areas 1 through 4. Residents use their home and/or business addresses to determine which lieutenant to contact.
Area 1: Southwest of Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards. Contact: Lt. Eric Huizar via email at email@example.com or call (909) 399-5400.
Area 2: Southeast of Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards. Contact: Lt. Jason Walters via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 399-5400.
Area 3: Northwest of Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards. Contact: Lt. Mike Ciszek via email at email@example.com or call (909) 399-5400.
Area 4: Northeast of Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards. Contact: Lt. Karlan Bennett via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 399-5400.
Mutual Trading Co. has signed a 300,000-square-foot lease at Goodman Logistics Center El Monte. Goodman Group is working on the two-building, 1.2 million-square-foot logistics facility, which is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of 2019. Goodman Logistics Center El Monte will offer a flexible and sustainable design, catering to a range of companies working in the logistics and e-commerce sectors. The Class A facility will consist of 572,240- and 363,417-square-foot buildings and will boast 36-foot clear heights, 164 trailer parking stalls and 147 dock doors. One of Japan’s leading food, beverage and restaurant supply specialists, Mutual Trading Co., is moving to the building from five current U.S. locations, consolidating under one roof, to better its supply chain efficiency.
The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority indicated it is revising the configuration of a street leading to the future La Verne stop. The authority, which is overseeing a 12.3-mile extension of the Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair, acknowledged it would be looking at other alternatives that wouldn’t require expanding White Avenue to four lanes in La Verne. Numerous La Verne residents spoke out at an April workshop about the proposal. At the time, many residents voiced concerns that widening White Avenue will result in more congestion, speeding and, in some cases, could impede the lifestyle of the close-knit community. The street-widening was proposed to stretch six city blocks, from First to Sixth streets, to improve current traffic flow issues which likely would worsen with the arrival of the Gold Line and a stop in La Verne. In March, the authority released a draft supplemental report which analyzed the environmental impacts to parking and traffic to La Verne or Pomona if either were a temporary terminus. The analysis of White Avenue found the Gold Line stop would cause more traffic during evening peak hours. Under the proposal, about 6 feet of public easement would be needed to widen White Avenue. Consultants are looking at an option that would restripe the lanes but leave the existing curbs as-is. White Avenue at Arrow Highway has two lanes in both directions. The northbound lane narrows to a single lane as it nears First Street. The tree-lined road then becomes a single lane in both directions with a dedicated median turn lane, and no street parking allowed. The station is planned for north of Arrow Highway and east of E Street. The final supplement report will be coming before the construction authority’s board of directors for review and approval in July.
DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management announced the opening of their new Ontario campus at 2970 E. Inland Blvd., Ste. 100. DeVry recently moved to its new campus from Pomona to provide a more collaborative education environment for students. The new campus will occupy 13,000 square feet on the first floor with seven classrooms. The layout of the new campus features a refreshed, open-concept design with common areas for students to study individually or collaborate with peers. DeVry University offers associate, bachelor and master degree programs, online or at one of its 45+ locations nationwide.
Pomona envisions a downtown with some buildings as tall as 12 stories, live-work spaces for artists and parklets for outdoor dining and gathering throughout. It would be the type of place that would encourage temporary pop-up restaurants, art in public places and new open spaces. The policies to increase density and allow new uses are outlined in a draft of Pomona’s Downtown Specific Plan, a 167-page document released in May. Once approved, it will dictate a lot of the design details, so that developers can fly through the approval process. Pomona’s draft Downtown Specific Plan covers a territory defined as Mission Boulevard to the south, Center Street to the north, Towne Avenue to the east and White Avenue to the west. For example, Pomona is proposing to allow small-scale manufacturers in the downtown, similar to the Blue Bottle Coffee shop in downtown Los Angeles, a coffee shop upfront and manufacturing in the back. Pomona is also revising its temporary use section. Currently, if someone wants to apply for a temporary use permit, they have to abide a code that hasn’t been updated in more than five decades. The new plan would allow 60-day pop-ups, either retail or restaurant downtown.
The specific plan establishes four district-based zones that are tailored to a set of standards and allowable use. They are:
A central business district: At the core of the city, it is intended to act as a hub for retail activity and would allow for dense housing, between 50 and 100 units an acre. Developers would be permitted to build as many as 12 stories.
An institutional district: The housing density west of Palomares Street will be 20 to 100 units per acre and east of Palomares Street would be no more than 80 units per acre. Three to six stories would be allowed in the district.
A high-density residential district: This district would allow as many as 100 units an acre in buildings as high as six stories. It is just north of the tracks and would function as a pedestrian-friendly, commuter residential neighborhood meant to support the Metrolink. It would include ancillary retail, service and office uses, restaurants and a range of range of lofts, apartments, town homes and condominiums.
A residential multifamily district: Unlike the first three districts, which allow a mixture of retail and residential, the last district would only allow three- to six-story townhouses, condominiums and apartment developments. It would allow 70 to 80 maximum dwelling units per acre.