Developers are moving forward on a controversial new development for Midwick Tract, but reduced the number of units from 92 to 70 and eliminate luxury suites, the Pasadena Star-News reports. The 33 townhomes and 37 single family homes would be built the 8.8 acre of the former Alhambra Retirement Community at 2400 Fremont.
Residents opposing the development claim traffic would increase, the neighborhood would become too crowded and unsafe, and the development does not fit with the historic architecture of the community dating back to pre-World War II. The homebuilder City Ventures says that the property will fill a need in the local market and that the development will add value to the community, rather than hurt it.
On Tuesday night, about 65 residents attended a meeting with developers and local officials. A lead organizer of a group that has been created to fight the development, Elizabeth Salinas, told the Star-News that she was not satisfied with the results and would continue lobbying as the official process moves forward. "My concern is that my representative is not advocating for me," Salinas said. "I feel like we've been abandoned and it's up to us as neighbors to ask the hard questions."