Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Couldn't have timed it better if we tried

You may recall, a couple of weeks ago we told you that the Historic Preservation Commission considered an application for historic landmark designation for the house 227 North Ivy Avenue. 

Don't remember?  Read about it here.

Well, now we are here to report--it's official!  On May 6, 2014, the City Council unanimously designated this property as Historic Landmark No. 130.  You can read the staff report here.

This followed an action earlier in the evening when the Council proclaimed the month of May as Historic Preservation Month which coincides with National and California Historic Preservation Months.

And speaking of preservation month, don't forget that Sunday, May 11 is the 32nd annual Mother's Day Home Tour put on by our friends at the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group.

We're still marveling at the serendipitous way this all worked out.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Thirty-seven Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty-two

For some May Day is the celebration of spring; others mark it as a reminder of the rights of laborers.  But whether you commemorate May 1 with a maypole, a march or a lei (as they do in Hawai’i), here in California it’s the known as the day that the California Department of Finance, affectionately known as DOF, releases the E-1 report.  Wahoo!

Hmmm…do we sense a less than enthusiastic response? 

The E-1 report is titled “Population and Housing Estimates for Cities, Counties, and the State” which has the population and housing estimates for cities…uh, well the title is self-explanatory.  

The report provides the estimated population for each jurisdiction in California as of January 1 of the current year.  Why is this important?  Well for so many reasons.  Don't worry, we'll only get into one and that is that many of the various revenue streams that local jurisdictions receive are based on population. Specifically, these projections.

So without getting too deep into the minutia, we’ll cut to the chase and get to the point of this post.

Monrovia’s estimated population as of January 1, 2014 is 37,162.  This represents a 0.53% increase over the 2013 estimate.

If you are a demographic geek like us, you can read all about it here.

Spoiler Alert:  Los Angeles is still the most populous city in California.

Monday, May 5, 2014

DRC Update - April 30, 2014

On Wednesday April 30, 2014 the Development Review Committee (DRC) reviewed the following requests:

  •  Signs
    • 935 E. Huntington Dr. (Fast5Express Car Wash): minor exception to allow a second wall sign on the Huntington Drive elevation and review of one directional sign and new location for previously approved monument sign (Approved) 
    • 111 W. Foothill Blvd. (Better Home Energy): new wall sign (Approved)
    • 107 N. Myrtle Ave. (Velocipedist Bicycle Company): new sign (Approved)
    • 130 W. Foothill Blvd (Pavilions): face change on pylon and monument sign (Approved)
    • 140 W. Foothill Blvd. (Starbucks Coffee): face change on pylon sign (Approved)
    • 120 W. Foothill Blvd. (Starlight Express): face change on pylon sign (Approved)
  • Design Review
    • 1963 S. Myrtle Ave.: design review  of a modification to an existing rooftop wireless facility (Approved)
    • 429 W. Duarte Rd.: design review to construct roof structures over six balconies (Approved)
  • Advisory Review 
    • 721 W. Duarte Rd.: seven townhome condominiums over subterranean garages and a variance request for a reduction in private recreation space (Recommended Approval to the Planning Commission)

Coming soon! 
Join us as we begin following the seven townhome condominium project at 721 W. Duarte Road from planning to completion.  We think it’ll be fun showing you how a project goes from a concept on paper to a built structure.  Stay tuned!

721 W. Duarte Road