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Camellia Court development will now include historic church

The Chapel of St. Simon and Jude, built in 1926, will be included in the new Camellia Court development. Photo by Phoenix Tso.


Alhambra , CA United States

Plans for the controversial Camellia Court development were revised to include the preservation of a church that was built in 1926.

This past June, the Alhambra City Council approved a zone change allowing the owners of the Sunny View Care Center to build 126 market-rate condo units, a retail space and a new medical facility for senior citizens in place of the current one. The developer initially planned to tear down the Chapel of St. Simon and Jude, a remnant from when Episcopal Community & Services owned the land.

The revised plans included an updated survey of the 268 trees that were currently on the property. The new survey recommended removing 227 of the existing trees, two less than the initial 229 that were recommended for removal. Residents had protested to save more of these trees.

The Alhambra City Council will consider final approval of the project on Monday, August 14 at 7pm.

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3 thoughts on “Camellia Court development will now include historic church”

  1. Melissa Michelson

    HA! 2 more trees won’t be chopped down? You’re kidding me. What is the rationale for it, and what is the rationale in the record for getting rid of the rest? What is the point of the arborist report? Just to have a list of the trees? It’s supposed to make justified recommendations for getting rid of trees, for example that they are old and dying anyway. Thing is, they’re not. 95% of them are healthy and ‘vigorous’.

    1. Unbelievable, but par for the course in Alhambra.

  2. This is a little better. Tearing down churches sounded like the Chinese Communist country I left 30 years ago. It is sad the Alhambra City Council (all 5 of them) approved such a terrible thing! Also, let’s pay attention to the owner names.