New housing near the under-construction Gold Line station in Monrovia may be on hold, but plans to remake the whole downtrodden area around the stop are still advancing, reports Streetsblog. The Monrovia Station Square Public Improvement Plan will cover the north side of the station—likely opening in early 2016—with a parking garage, transit plaza, and promenade; it'll also turn a portion of an adjacent parking lot into a neighborhood park. The transit plaza is set to include a turnaround for cars and buses, allowing easy drop-offs and pick-ups, plus bus shelters and bike racks. The wide promenade will encourage people to walk over to the proposed park, due east of the station. Maybe most exciting is that Monrovia's old Santa Fe depot station, opened in 1926 and closed in 1972, could reopen as a pizza place once it's renovated. The city also has plans to turn area warehouses into retail spaces, and to continue to encourage mixed-use development around the station. Planning continues on the plaza, park, and promenade, with a groundbreaking date still TBA.
· Gold Line Foothill Extension Photo Tour: Transit Oriented Development (TOD) [Streetsblog]
· Housing Plans Near Gold Line Monrovia Stop Not Totally Dead [Curbed LA]