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Gold Line-Adjacent New Arcadia: A Commmunity of High-Rises?

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The city of Arcadia---whose motto is the catchy phrase "a community of homes"-- in the San Gabriel Valley is in the midst of drafting a 25-year general plan, and some density changes are being proposed in advance of the Gold Line extension opening in 2013, reports the Pasadena Star-News. While there won't be a Sears Tower coming--the new plan increases the height limit on downtown buildings from 40 to 45 feet--mixed-use residential units are proposed for the commercial-only, quarter-mile radius around the future station at First and Santa Clara streets. Arcadia, a city of 56,000, currently only has two mixed-use structures where residential and retail are combined. The city is modeling some of their new projects on those that surround the Gold Line Mission station in South Pasadena. The draft plan is available for public comment now, then heads to the Planning Department before the full City Council. In related Gold Line Foothill extension news, groundbreaking kicks off on June 26 with a ceremony in Arcadia's Newcastle Park. [Image via metrogoldline.org]
· Arcadia Draft Plan Adds Residential Component to Downtown [PSN]
· Another Gold Line Extension Breaking Ground in June [Curbed LA]