With origins dating back to 1886, the Hotel Green/Castle Green complex was built in three distinct phases, comprising three wings. A fourth wing, proposed in 1903 but never built, was intended for what is currently a surface parking lot on the site. Designed with a carefully considered relationship to the Hotel Green and Castle Green complex, Central Park Apartments completes the 1903 vision for the property.
Central Park Apartments transforms a fenced off surface parking lot with a commercial billboard into a six-story plus mezzanine, mixed-use development with apartment homes for 84 families located above neighborhood-serving ground floor retail and restaurants, work/live units and ample underground parking to accommodate residents, employees and visitors. Based upon feedback from the community and Pasadena’s Design Commission, Architectural Resources Group has created a plan inspired by Colonel G.G. Green’s 1903 vision for an expansion of The Hotel Green with a wing along Fair Oaks Avenue and a colonnade along Dayton Street. The proposed design complements the remaining elements of The Hotel Green, including the adjacent historic Green Hotel Apartments and Castle Green, by drawing inspiration from the massing, materiality and articulation from the 1903 vision. The result is a project that fits seamlessly into the historic block while at the same time activating it with a mix of new apartment homes and shops and restaurants.
The Site Today
Compliant with City zoning, Central Park Apartments includes:
Residential Units, Including Affordable Housing
of Neighborhood-Serving Retail and Restaurants
Spaces of Underground Parking
PROMOTES IMPORTANT CITY PLANNING PRIORITIES
The City of Pasadena adopted Guiding Principles that represent the community’s vision for the future. Central Park Apartments was designed in accordance with these same principles as well as through careful research into the history of the block and public engagement and visioning.
Central Park Apartments incorporates these City principles:
- Targets growth to enhance quality of life
- Complements neighboring historic resources
- Promotes economic vitality
- Environmentally sustainable
- Makes car-free circulation possible
- Welcomes community participation
The plan complies with all general plan and zoning requirements. The project is undergoing design review and the City of Pasadena is preparing a Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment, a CEQA review process reserved for transit priority projects. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment when it is published and to participate in upcoming public hearings before the Design Commission and the City Council.