The design of a $1.5 billion extension to the Foothill Gold Line is now substantially complete, allowing for significant progress on construction, local transportation officials announced on Aug. 13.
The extension comprises 9.1 miles and four stations from Glendora to Pomona. The design-build project was awarded to Kiewit-Parsons, a Joint Venture (KPJV) in October 2019, and the first year of the contract was spent on completing enough design to start major construction, according to the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority.
Major construction began in July 2020 and as of this month, the project is now 36% complete.
More than 300 people have been working full time on the project, including dozens of engineers that have focused on completing the design for nearly two years. Altogether, their efforts have allowed the project to move forward at an impressive pace — even as COVID-19 presented unique and unprecedented challenges, according to Gold Line officials.
The project is six months ahead of the completion deadline of January 2025. The design-build contract includes an option to have the KPJV team complete the entire project from Glendora to Montclair if additional funding is secured by early October 2021. If that is achieved, the entire 12.3-mile, six-station project will be completed altogether in early 2026, officials said.
Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the state Legislature to plan, design and build the Metro Gold Line light rail system from downtown L.A.’s Union Station to Montclair. The agency completed the first segment from Union Station to Pasadena in 2003 and the Pasadena to Azusa segment in 2015.
Tiny home interior
A tiny home village in Baldwin Park that will house homeless people will be the be the first of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley. The 25-unit tiny home development is scheduled to open in November. The tiny home shelter will provide Baldwin Park’s homeless population, which has been growing year after year, with the safety and privacy that is lacking in more traditional congregate shelters, while helping them transition to permanent housing.
The tiny homes will be prefabricated cabins equipped with locking doors and air conditioning, and housed on a city-owned lot at 14173 Garvey Ave. The intention of the development is to provide temporary housing for 90 days prior to residents securing permanent housing, serving about 100 people a year. In the city’s most recent survey.
On-site services include case management, mental and physical health care services, three meals per day, restrooms, laundry, showers and a dog run. Security will be staffed 24/7.
Officials in Baldwin Park said that they are proud to spearhead this unique effort to combat homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley. With this innovative housing model, the city hopes to provide safety, wrap-around resources and privacy to meet the needs of the residents, while also avoiding the separation of individuals from their pets, and couples from each other, all of which are important factors in maintaining the emotional stability of companionship for people experiencing homelessness.
Baldwin Park’s City Council approved the tiny home development as a one-year program last month, and finalized the design of the village at a study session.
Cal Aero academy
After numerous starts and stops, a revised purchase agreement for the second school in the Chino Preserve was approved by the Chino Valley Unified school board on July 15.
The projected completion date is August 2024, with construction expected to take place from November 2022 to July 2024. Language in the purchase agreement was revised by the Lewis Development Corporation and presented to the district after the June board meeting, to avoid potential litigation and delays which cleared the way for approval. Lewis signed the purchase and sale agreement and joint escrow instructions on June 30. Negotiations between the district and Lewis Development Corporation for the purchase of the 12-acre property began in 2019.
According to the school district’s facilities department, the land for the school site is estimated at $25 million, while the cost to build the school is estimated at $51.6 million. It will be built on a 12-acre lot southwest of the intersection of East Preserve Loop and Market Street in an area called “The Preserve Specific Plan” area of the city of Chino.
The school will serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a maximum enrollment capacity of 900 if operated on a standard school calendar, and a maximum of 1,200 students on a four-track year-round schedule, consistent with Cal Aero Preserve Academy. Cal Aero, located at 15850 Main Street, a half-mile north of the future second school, has been operating year-round since 2016 and exceeding capacity with 1,548 students. Portable classes were added in 2016.
According to environmental documents, the properties north and south of the site would be developed with residential uses, the property to the west would be developed with a community park, and a retail center would be constructed to the northwest.
Residential uses on the north may start as early as fall, the park as early as fall/winter, and residential use on the south as early as spring 2022.
The district expects most students to walk to and from school and home, according to the environmental documents. The district does not expect any school buses to service the school, but if they do, they would use the drop-off lane and lot on Market Street.
Construction staging will be set up in the eastern part of the site, which is closest to the access for construction vehicles on East Preserve Loop, according to the documents.
To follow the progress of the school, visit chino.k12.ca.us and scroll to “Preserve II School.”
The City of Chino Hills launched a new bill pay system Aug. 2 that will allow payments to be made on a 24-hour basis online, by phone or pay-by-text, as well as credit, debit, ACH/eCheck, Venmo and Paypal.
Customers already enrolled in online bill pay and auto pay will be automatically transitioned into the system and will receive an email with instructions on how to log in and access their account.
Residents who want to create a new online bill pay account may click here to create an account.
The city is implementing the system based on customer input, according to city officials. Information: Chino Hills Utility Customer Service at (909) 364-2660.
The City of Claremont prohibits parking a vehicle on any unpaved surface or landscaped area, such as a front or side yard. All vehicles shall be parked on an approved, paved surface only. If you need additional parking for visitors or a special occasion, you can apply for an overnight parking permit to park on the public street with the Claremont Police Department by calling them at (909) 399-5431. The Police Department allows three overnight parking exemptions per household per month. For more information, contact the Community Improvement Division at (909) 399‐5467.
La Puente Park
The City of La Puente is using some of the $7.5 million in emergency COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government to install security cameras at the newly-remodeled La Puente Park, in addition to having license plate readers on roads leading in and out of the city.
It also is offering local businesses, city-funded Ring surveillance systems, as long as they agree to share the footage with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
That’s different from the Ring app that is accessible to all law enforcement agencies that allows police to contact a Ring user who has previously signed up to be in the sharing network. According to an LASD spokesperson Deputy Tina Schrader, the Ring giveaway La Puente is using would make the sharing of “any pertinent video that would be useful to investigating criminal activity” pretty much automatic.
That is just one of the issues that critics have problems with. The ACLU has been very vocal about its opposition to this type of program, citing privacy issues.
La Puente’s Mayor Charlie Klinakis says that the city is trying to address “real problems.” The Ring giveways are voluntary, not mandatory, to receive the grants that businesses are being offered.
Still, he adds, cameras will help in getting video records of vandalism, or issues with homeless people blocking access or scaring customers. At the popular La Indiana restaurant, which has been in the city’s downtown for over 40 years, they are still considering the offer, but not sure if they will do it. They’ve had issues with homeless people but, “Every time we call sheriff, the trouble makers are out on the street within hours,” says one of the employees.
At La Puente Park, people in the skating area say they like the idea of cameras. So does the mother of Luis Paul Rivera, who was killed in their backyard, just across the street from the park.
The crime remains unsolved, even as investigators have asked for the public’s help in what they describe as a mistaken identity drive-by shooting. Connie Rivera insists that cameras in the park would have probably captured the driver’s license plate and supports not only the cameras in the park but also the automatic license plate readers the city is installing all over town.
Motorists who use D Street to get around La Verne will have to find a new route as a portion of the road will be closed for three months as part of the Foothill Gold Line Project. A portion of D Street at the railroad crossing north of Arrow Highway is scheduled to be closed until Oct. 27 as construction crews work on the light rail project, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Work on D Street includes roadway paving and track installation as well as new curb and gutter construction. The street will be closed for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the duration of construction, according to LA Metro. Construction hours will be from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Portions of Arrow Highway and Bonita Avenue impacted by the construction will be accessible using alternative routes, Metro officials said.
The Foothill Gold Line Project aims to add nearly 10 additional miles of track to Metro’s L Line, formerly the Gold Line. The route currently runs from East Los Angeles to Azusa, and the extension would take it into San Bernardino County, according to Metro.
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Contact (626) 513-5788 for additional information about the project.
Wood Investments Cos. has purchased a 19.6-acre development site within the master-planned community of Ontario Ranch in Ontario. San Diego-based GDC RCCD 2 LP sold the asset for $18.5 million.
Wood Investments plans to develop The Ranch at Model Colony Shopping Center, a 206,072-square-foot retail property, at the site. The asset will be located at the intersection of Ontario Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue. Already signed tenants include a national grocery tenant, Burlington Coat Factory, Five Below, Hobby Lobby and Planet Fitness.
Also, Plant Prefab, a prefabricated custom homebuilder focused on sustainable design, materials and operations, has raised $30 million in financing in a Series B equity round, the company announced.
The funding news came in tandem with the announcement that the company has opened a second factory in Ontario, and is working on a third factory (location was not disclosed), which will open in 2022.
The Ontario factory will operate out of a 20,000-square-foot facility and build projects for shipment to job sites.
Plant Prefab’s contracts have increased by over 175 percent in the last year, according to a press statement, and the company anticipates demand to grow as low interest rates continue and inventory remains sparse, especially in places like California. Plant Prefab states that it can cut building costs by 20-50%.
The company noted that its custom designs are particularly suited to infill markets (vacant lots between other developments), where it can easily adapt designs to oddly shaped lots or restrictive zoning requirements.
The city of Pomona has new bikeway projects serving riders to Cal Poly Pomona. New protected bike lanes were recently installed on Kellogg Drive. Construction is underway on a protected bikeway on Valley Boulevard.
The less than half mile of bike lane on Kellogg Drive was the site of multiple collisions that have resulted in the death bicyclists and pedestrians before the project was constructed. According to a staff report, the bike lane wasn’t installed due to these deaths, but was added as part of construction of new student housing and an administrative building.
The city of Pomona also broke ground recently on construction of a two-way protected bike lane on Valley Boulevard – which will connect to the Kellogg bike lanes. The Valley Blvd project is expected to be completed by Fall 2021.
Progressive Real Estate Partners has arranged the sale of a single-tenant retail property located at 6644 Carnelian St. in Rancho Cucamonga. A Santa Barbara County-based private investor sold the asset to a San Bernardino County private investor for $3.3 million, or $763 per square foot.
The site was originally built as Pomona First Federal Bank in 1979, the 4,278-square-foot location was acquired by US Bank in 2008 and has operated continuously as a bank for the past 42 years.
Brasada Estates, San Dimas
The Grand Opening of luxury hilltop community Brasada Estates, at Cataract Avenue and Foothill Blvd., opened its Model Homes for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 14.
The first tours showcased the prestigious luxury residences nestled atop the hillsides of the San Gabriel Mountains surrounded by tree-filled canyons of San Dimas. Brasada Estates is a community of 65 estate residences with a stately main gate.
Renowned luxury homebuilder Grandway Residential interspersed the homes over more than 277 rolling acres to accentuate panoramic views as far as downtown Los Angeles.
Upon arrival, visit the Welcome Center, which provides interactive tools to explore the modern floor plans with custom-designed interiors, view the pan-European architecture and experience the community’s grand views.
Fine craftsmanship is presented in one- and two-story residences ranging from 4 to 6 bedrooms, 4 to 6.5 bathrooms, 3-car garages and approximately 4,476 to 6,261 square feet. Generously proportioned home sites showcase the designs with courtyards, grand foyers, great rooms, formal dining, culinary kitchens, breakfast nooks and dual walk-in pantries, per plans. Multiple covered patios provide indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces and master alcoves allow for more private space.
Priced from $2.5 million, an array of personalization options will be available, such as a second kitchen, extended great room, additional bedrooms or study, pool bath and wine storage. All features have been curated for luxury and comfort with energy efficiency throughout and every home includes a downstairs master suite.
Designed by architect Danielian Associates, www.danielian.com, and marketing by Kovach Marketing, www.kovachmarketing.com, a gated community reminiscent of an Old World European village.
Brasada Estates is located just five minutes from the Freeway 210 and 57 junction, at 1580 Brasada Lane, San Dimas, CA 91773.
For more information visit www.BrasadaEstates.com, call (833) BRASADA, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow on Facebook and Instagram @brasadaestates. Broker cooperation is available. Contact a sales representative for details.
SOUTH EL MONTE
Century Communities, Inc. a top 10 national homebuilder, announced it’s now selling at Echo, the company’s new gated community offering two-story townhomes from the low $700s.
Echo also features close proximity to downtown LA, via I-10 and Highway 60, plus access to a variety of options for local shopping, dining and outdoor recreation—including Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and Legg Lake. Boasting contemporary open-concept layouts, each townhome includes features such as quartz kitchen countertops, subway tile backsplash, luxury vinyl plank flooring, 9-foot ceilings and more.
Interested homebuyers and real estate agents are invited to schedule a tour of two model homes at www.CenturyCommunities.com/EchoCA.
The Echo community offers: 3 to 4 bedrooms and a loft, 2.5 bathrooms and 1,778 square feet; 2-bay attached garage; amenities that include a BBQ area and picnic tables; a Century Home Connect smart home package.
The development is located within the El Monte Union High School District
Judge David S. Cohn of the San Bernardino County Superior Court said that the underlying environmental findings used to grant approval for a large warehousing / parcel delivery center in northwestern Upland are flawed.
In his ruling, Judge Cohn gave the citizen’s group Upland Community First a partial victory over the city of Upland and Bridge Development Partners–who concluded that the project would not exceed certain greenhouse gas thresholds and therefore would not have a significant impact on the environment–saying their conclusion was “without proper support.”
Bridge planned to build a 201,096-square-foot warehouse and distribution center on 50 acres of vacant lot, which had been fallow for 100 years northeast of Foothill Boulevard in Central Avenue and western Upland. The projects were approved by the Upland City Council on April 1, 2020.
Many people close to the project said the developers were building the facility for Amazon for short distance delivery of packages, huge online stores, warehousing and packages, but no tenants are officially specified. Former Bridge executive Robert Dalquest, a Fortune 10 company and city development services director in 2019, said the tenant was in the e-commerce delivery department.
To move forward, Upland and Bridge need to recreate their no-impact declaration by reassessing their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. This can be done using a modified declaration of mitigated environmental impacts or through a full-fledged environmental impact report, which can take a year or more to complete.
Controversy dogged the project early on, as the city allowed the project to proceed toward approval without being subject to a comprehensive environmental impact report, which many Upland residents believe should be carried out for a project of such size, intensity and complexity. Rather, the city elected to use the mitigated negative declaration to complete the environmental review process, rather than provide an involved study to determine the potential and actual impacts the project will have on the site and surrounding area in terms land use, water use, air quality, potential contamination, noise, traffic, and biological and cultural resources.
A cross section of the city’s residents disputed the city council’s declaration that all impacts from the project had been adequately mitigated. There was and remains a suspicion that the project will be subject to substantial expansion, without being subject to any further environmental analysis, perhaps to as large as the 977,000 square feet originally proposed, since 1,438 parking spaces is far in excess of what would normally be needed for a 201,096-square foot warehouse.
Another major concern was that the project proposal offered no provision for offsetting the sales tax revenue loss that would come about as a consequence of Amazon’s on-line operational model or remunerating the city for infrastructure damage that would inevitably occur over a 50-year or potentially a 100-year period if the project were to proceed.
Councilmembers Eric Ching and Allen Wu were unanimously chosen by their colleague on the Walnut City Council as Walnut’s new mayor and mayor pro tem, respectively. The change is part of a yearly reorganization by the city council during the first meeting in July.
Ching was elected to the City Council in 2012 and most recently served as the mayor pro. He previously served as mayor in 2016. Ching takes over for outgoing Mayor Bob Pacheco.
Wu was elected to the City Council in 2018 and previously served as a director for the Walnut Valley Water District.
Atlanta-based Osmose Utilities Services Inc. has signed a lease for roughly 6,000 square feet at The Lakes in West Covina.
The space, at 1050 Lakes Drive, will be Osmose Utilities’ first office in the Los Angeles area, and will be used by engineers, wood scientists, field technicians, sales team, administration as well as to conduct training.
According to the company, Osmose Utilities opened this location to support its recent growth on the West Coast. This facility is located near numerous freeways, and Osmose Utilities was also attracted to the numerous onsite and nearby amenities, as well as the secure parking for its fleet of trucks.
The company is expected to move in this fall. The lease is for five years.
The San Gabriel Valley saw an office occupancy of 13% during the second quarter, down from 15.2% the previous quarter, according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
During the quarter asking rents for Class A office space was $2.55 a square foot, up 4 cents over the previous quarter, according to JLL data. Nearly 158,000 square feet was absorbed into the market, the most of any market within L.A.
Osmose Utilities was founded in 1934. The company provides infrastructure support services for electric and telecommunications utilities. Last year, it acquired Provincial Pole Specialists Inc. and sister company Central Pole Inspection and Maintenance Inc., expanding Osmose Utilities’ offerings in Canada.