Thursday, July 24, 2014

Station Square Open House: July 30, 2014

You're invited to the Station Square Open House next Wednesday, July 30th at the Monrovia Public Library (321 S. Myrtle Ave.).  Representatives will be on hand from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to answer any questions you have about the area around the future Gold Line stop.  Don't have any burning questions to ask?  Feel free to swing by anyway to take a look at some photo renderings and listen to updates about the project. 

Don't forget to check out the City's Station Square webpage for the latest information.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Would you like a free pizza?

Blaze Pizza opens this weekend in Foothill Park Plaza, specifically, at 108 W. Foothill Boulevard.  Follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and grab yourself a free pizza from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.  However, the offer is good only this Saturday (7/26/2014).  

Casually referred to as “the Chipotle or Subway of pizza” Blaze is one of more than a half a dozen food chains using the new trend of assembly line style of custom ordering.  The pizzas are baked in hot ovens for only a few minutes, offering fast, customized pizzas that you may...or may not want to share.  Check out their website for more information.

So what does this all have to do with the Community Development Department?  Well, other then the fact that we do love our food...several divisions and boards were involved in the opening.  The Planning Division worked with the property manager and business owner to get the process going, then coordinated with the state Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC).  Next, the Planning Commission approved Blaze Pizza's conditional use permit to serve beer and wine, the Development Review Committee (DRC) approved their sign, and just today, the Business License Section issued Blaze Pizza's...what else, their business license.  And finally, the Building Division reviewed, approved and inspected their construction.

Bon appetit!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

We're back with some exciting news

Where did two months go?  Sometimes life (and work) just get in the way (but we're happy to have both!).

So if you are still with us, our loyal reader, we'll get back on track with a DRC update...

The Development Review Committee (DRC) celebrated its first meeting of summer on Wednesday, June 25 with a light agenda.  Most of the items were fairly standard and included a couple of residential remodels, review of a large family day care, a temporary use and a new sign for Blaze Pizza in the Foothill Park Plaza.  

(The answer to the question is soon...very soon.)

What wasn’t business as usual was DRC’s review of a new building for the BMW dealership.  This will replace their existing facility at 1425 South Mountain Avenue.  The proposed building will hold their entire operation in a 208,783 square foot, three story structure and will house the showroom, offices, service and lots and lots of storage for their inventory.

Over the past few years, Monrovia’s auto dealers have been remodeling their showrooms.  Infiniti is currently under construction.  BMW is the final dealership to update their facilities and in our opinion, it was worth the wait.  The proposed building has a modern look with lots of glass and steel…very contemporary…very BMW.

Although, the City’s Staff has been working with the applicant for several months, one of the primary purposes of DRC is to provide a consolidated review by the directors of each of the City’s departments involved in the construction and ultimately the operation of businesses in Monrovia.  The outcome of the meeting is a formal recommendation to the Planning Commission who ultimately has the authority to approve the project.

At the end of the review, DRC voted to recommend approval to the Planning Commission.  We expect that the Planning Commission will review the request at their meeting on August 13.