Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Adios Acapulco, Hello Chipotle!


Acapulco had a good run here in Monrovia.  Prior to Acapulco, it was Garcia’s Mexican restaurant.  Unfortunately, like many businesses, Acapulco restaurants have suffered during the recession and have closed many of their restaurants, including the one in Monrovia.  Luckily for Monrovia, the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center is a sought after location and Chipotle is the first of four new food outlets to sign on to occupy a new building which will replace the Acapulco building.  

Former Acapulco Restaurant


In October, the Planning Commission approved the new building and a conditional use permit for the service of alcoholic beverages.  The new building will have outdoor seating on a patio.  Construction should start at the beginning of the year.  As soon as we hear who will be occupying the other spaces, we’ll let you know.

Chipotle, Front Elevation

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Planning Commission Update - October 2012


The Planning Commission had a full agenda with five public hearings for their regularly scheduled meeting on October 10, 2012The Commission reviewed and approved the following applications:

1820 South Alta Vista Avenue – Two detached residential dwellings on a lot in the RM4000 (Residential Medium Density) Zone and was continued from the August meeting.  The applicant presented a revised proposal to address some of the concerns raised at the previous hearing. 

420 Monrovista Avenue - Greater Ambassador Church of God requested approval to construct an addition to their church. 

600 West Huntington Drive - Construction of a new multi-tenant building that will replace the former Acapulco restaurant building. 

600 West Huntington Drive – Conditional Use Permit to allow the service of alcoholic beverages at a new Chipotle restaurant that will occupy the new building approved in the previous request. 

Amendment of the Circulation Element of the Monrovia General Plan – As part of the construction of the new Gold Line Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Facility at 1600 South California Avenue, the City will be vacating two street segments: Duarte Road (North) and the west half of Shamrock Avenue between Evergreen Avenue and the rail right-of-way.  The Circulation Element was amended to reflect the street vacations.  Additionally, the Commission reviewed and recommended that the City Council adopt the environmental documents for the Gold Line.