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Council Greenlights 256-Unit Apartment Complex

While the upscale, high-density Avalon Bay complex is expected to attract more pedestrians, it's also expected to have a major impact on motor traffic in the area.

Council Greenlights 256-Unit Apartment Complex

The Glendora city council unanimously approved an upscale, 256-unit apartment complex Tuesday, the latest development to be built near the future Gold Line station.

The apartments built by Avalon Bay will cover over 4 acres in a mixed-use development zone at the northeast corner of Route 66 and Glendora Avenue.

The multi-level apartment complex boasts a fitness center, pool, spa, dog park, basketball court, and courtyards among other features.

“This is the type of development the city has really been trying to get within the last decade,” said Planning Director Jeff Kugel. “Unfortunately, with the previous project that was approved, the economy didn’t work with us. Now the economy is starting to come back, we’re starting to see some more investment in the city.”

Kugel said the recently approved City Ventures townhome complex off Glendora Avenue was a sign that a resurgence in local developent was on the horizon.

City officials say the apartment’s high density quality and its proximity to the Village downtown shopping district and future Gold Line station will encourage more pedestrian foot traffic in the area.

But motor traffic was a major concern from residents during community workshops and public comment forums.

The City hired a traffic analysis firm to study the impact the new development would have on traffic in the area. Their findings indicated that there would be a significant impact to traffic on the intersection of Glendora Avenue and Route 66, an area already seeing high traffic flow.

Suggested solutions to mitigate traffic concerns included widening and restriping the westbound Route 66 to provide a right-turn only lane, extending the westbound Route 66 left turn pocket to about 230 feet or restriping the eastbound Route 66 to provide a right-turn only lane.

“There’s going to be more traffic, there’s going to be more cars,” said Mayor Gene Murabito. “I think it’s going to help the businesses around there. I don’t think it’s going to hurt it.”

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