Thursday, March 17, 2016

Signs of the Times

Things are really rocking and rolling around the City of Monrovia these days. Yesterday, the Development Review Committee looked at 10 items, which represents a range of development across the City. But, what really caught our attention is the number of sign reviews that the Committee considered yesterday. We know what you're thinking... "Really? We're supposed to be excited about signs?" And to answer that question, we say, "YES!" because when you consider the companies that were applying for those sign reviews, you can see that a lot of new businesses, some of them VERY well known and successful, are moving into Monrovia. And that is good news.

For example, Orchard Supply Hardware (or OSH, if you prefer) came before the committee with their sign proposal. They are busy at work preparing to open a new hardware store and nursery location at 725 West Huntington Drive. Sign review generally occurs pretty close to the date that operations will commence, so we are quite excited to see OSH at this phase of the planning process. Luckily, the DRC saw fit to approve the OSH signs, so pretty soon, you'll see something like this when you are driving around the neighborhood. Actual weather patterns may vary.

Another sign that caught our attention was for the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute at 655 East Huntington Drive. You may have heard that City of Hope is relocating it's research laboratories to the City of Monrovia. The pending move into the former Xerox building at 1214 South 5th Avenue is expected to bring over 500 jobs into the City and we are thrilled to welcome them into that location. But before that big move, which is anticipated for later this year, a second Beckman Research Institute location in the City's technology corridor will be operational. The DRC approved the signage, so, the next time you are driving down East Huntington Drive, don't be surprised if you see a new monument sign similar to this.

And there's still one more sign that we want to tell you about. It's green and white and promises to draw you in like a siren song. That's right, folks, we're talking about the Starbucks that will be opening at 860 West Foothill Boulevard within the next month or so. The DRC approved all the signage at that location, so, the next time you are in need of a triple grande, nonfat, no whip, extra hot, two pump, white chocolate mocha with a drizzle of caramel, we've got you covered! As you may be able to tell, we are very excited about all of the new businesses that are opening in Monrovia and we hope that you are too!