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Thanks to Timothy Walker for the City Building Event!

The Southern California Planning Congress
thanks Timothy Walker for this informative event!


City Building: Shaping Pasadena’s

Largest Mixed-Use Development


The 100 West Walnut Project


Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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The largest mixed-used development in Pasadena’s history is about to emerge on the west side of its historic core.  The 22-acre site – bounded by Fair Oaks Avenue, Union Street, West Walnut Street, and Pasadena Avenue – is the last remaining large and underutilized site in downtown Pasadena.  It was assembled for the Parsons Corporation in the mid-1970s through redevelopment.  Lincoln Property Company bought the property from Parsons and is now entitled to develop in two phases 612,000 square feet of office and ancillary retail, 15,000 square feet of pedestrian-oriented retail, 2,500 square feet of restaurant and 475 residential units along Fair Oaks frontage.  The development was born of a unique interaction of committed citizens and organizations determined to make the development compatible with Old Pasadena and adopted City plans aimed at continuing Pasadena’s sense of place.  Lincoln Property Company actively listened to community concerns over a four year period and changed the proposed development to what was approved by the City.

Come and hear the story of how community activists breathed life into the City’s adopted plans and how a developer put all this together into a successful business model.  The development – “100 West Walnut” – will commence construction in 2018.


Our speaker:


Timothy Walker

Walker Real Estate Services, LLC




Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, soup du jour,
mixed greens with house vinaigrette dressing.


With one of the following selections:


Coq Au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with
mushrooms and pearl onions.


Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine –
Sautéed boneless trout, grilled almonds, lemon emulsion, and leek duxelles fondue


Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.


All with sherbet and coffee or tea.



Cost: $40 general public, $25 for students with ID


This event has passed.

After the on-line registration closure date, refunds will not be provided.  On-site registration (by check only) is an additional $10 and not guaranteed.

This event is eligible for 1.5 hours of AICP Certificate Maintenance Self-Reporting Credit.

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In partnership with the the Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association.





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Thanks to Erlinda Romo for the Playhouse District tour!


Thanks to Erlinda Romo for the great presentation and
Playhouse District tour! 


The Pasadena Playhouse District

Special Saturday Morning Tour


 Playhouse Drawing

Image Source: Playhouse District Association


Saturday, September 26, 2015
Presentation 10:00 a.m., Walking Tour 10:30 a.m.
Lunch/Discussion 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presentation Location:
Library, Pasadena Presbyterian Church,
585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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Experience the Playhouse District, Pasadena’s center for culture, commerce and community and home of the historic and influential Pasadena Playhouse and Ice House Comedy Club, the independent and venerable Vroman’s Bookstore, Laemmle’s Movie Theater, Pasadena Museum of California Art, and USC Pacific Asia Museum. Learn about one of Pasadena’s must successful business improvement districts with its variety of cultural, residential, retail, restaurant, office, and entertainment uses, all contributing to the area’s high quality of life.


Our guest speaker:


Erlinda Romo
Executive Director, Playhouse District Association




Lunch from the Einstein’s Bagels will be served at the presentation location.  The following boxed lunch selections are available: 

Tasty Turkey – Roasted turkey, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, and tomato with Onion & Chive Shmear on an Asiago Bagel

Albacore Tuna Salad – Albacore tuna salad with celery, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayonnaise on a fresh-baked Multigrain Roll

Hummus Veg Out – Hummus, tomato, red onion, spinach, arugula, roasted red peppers, cucumber, and Garden Veggie Smear on a fresh-baked Multigrain Roll

All sandwiches are served cold, and come with seasonal fresh fruit salad and a gourmet cookie. 

Bottled water will be made available. 



Cost is $25, and registration space is limited.

This event has passed. 
On-line event registration has been closed. 


Late registration may be available thru Friday, 9/25, but lunch availability would not be guaranteed.  Please contact us at socalplanningcongress@gmail.com for late registration questions. 

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Location: Library (Room 202), Pasadena Presbyterian Church,
585 East Colorado Boulevard, at Madison Avenue, Pasadena.

Event parking: Located on the west side of Madison Avenue, behind the church and mid-block between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street. $3 at central meter, credit cards accepted.

Directions to meeting room: From parking area, enter church office building through interior hallway, turn right and follow courtyard colonnade to the the upstairs library at Room 202.

A link to an aerial map is provided below.


Event Location Map


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SCPC invites friends and colleagues – Annual Holiday Mixer on 12/8!

Join the Southern California
Planning Congress for the



Sunday, December 8th, 2:00 pm



Castle Green print

The SCPC invites friends and colleagues to our annual holiday mixer by touring one of Old Pasadena’s most historic residential buildings, Castle Green, and holiday cheer at The Otis Bar, La Grande Orange Cafe, a part of the Gold Line’s Del Mar Station.

Join us outside the Castle Green entrance, at 99 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, where we will gather before the tour, and immediately after for a short walk to La Grande Orange Cafe, at 260 South Raymond Avenue, to continue our “no host” festivities.

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Ticket and other tour information is available at www.castlegreen.com/tour/.




Castle Green Tour & Annual Mixer Summary – December 2012

Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – December 2012




Castle Green File Photo

The Southern California Planning Congress attended the holiday tour entitled “Dickens in the Castle” at Old Pasadena’s most dazzling Victorian, Castle Green. Holiday cheer followed nearby at The Otis Bar at La Grande Orange Café in the historic Santa Fe Depot.

The tour was a great way to kickoff the holidays, get in the spirit, and learn more about this treasured structure from the tour organizers and residents. The building was constructed in 1898 as the annex for the famous Hotel Green, and the architecture has Moorish Colonial, Spanish, and Victorian elements.

For the Tour, many units were open to the public, with some decorated festively for the holidays. We had a great time experiencing the rich history of Castle Green, and a merry time afterwards at the warm and welcoming La Grande Orange Café.


Tour Group at Castle Entrance


The exterior of the building has many unique features, including corner turrets, rooftop patios, and inviting balconies.

Castle Green - Roof Turret

Rear Facade and Balconies

The building interiors also have fine details found around every corner. The cast-iron fireplaces, window details, and prized corner units with round living rooms and plentiful windows are some of the highlights not available for public viewing except during the twice-annual tours .


Window Arch

Fireplace Detail

Interior and Ceiling Light

Window on Bridge

Bathroom Details

Window View of City Hall


The bridge between the original, eastern part of the Hotel Green complex (long since demolished) and today’s residential Castle Green (the second of three buildings) is now used as a reference library. It ends at the edge of Raymond Avenue in a large circular room. Rails can still be seen in the floor where luggage trolleys were once pulled between the two former wings of the complex.


Bridge Interior Long


A holiday choir greeted the group in the ballroom, as we toured the ground level. The singers dressed in period attire and the grand feel and sound of the ballroom made this a true highlight.


Holiday Choir in Ballroom


Lighting fixtures that transport one back to the Victorian age complement the architectural features of the historic building, which include a grand staircase and ballroom. The warm glow of the lighting and seasonal music emanating from various parts of the interior enhanced the holiday mood.


Lamp & Elevator Door

Ballroom Ceiling Lights

Stairs Landing Light

Chandelier Blue Ceiling

Hanging Light - Entry




Information on Castle Green, its history, and the twice-annual tour can be found on the building’s web site: 

La Grande Orange Café:


Thanks for a great SCPC Annual Holiday Mixer!

SCPC would like to thank the great group that came out for the Castle Green tour and our holiday mixer!

An event summary is posted here.



The Southern California Planning Congress
invites you to our



Sunday, December 2, 2012 – 2:00 p.m.


Source: castlegreen.com
Source: http://www.castlegreen.com


Please join your friends and colleagues at our annual SCPC Holiday Mixer, starting with the “Dickens in the Castle” tour of Old Pasadena’s most dazzling Victorian, Castle Green, followed by holiday cheer a short walk away at The Otis Bar at La Grande Orange Café.

Gather at 2:00 p.m. at 99 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, for the Castle Green tour. Immediately following, continue the “no host” celebration at La Grande Orange Café, at 260 South Raymond Avenue.

Tour tickets are $20 and must be purchased on your own, either online or at the Castle’s front gate. For tickets and more information: www.castlegreen.com/tour.



Take the Metro Gold Line to the Del Mar Station, one block south of Castle Green, at 230 S. Raymond Avenue (between Green Street and Del Mar Street).

Park at the Schoolhouse Public Parking Structure at 33 E. Green Street (corner of Green Street and Raymond Avenue), or at the Del Mar Station Parking Garage at 230 S. Raymond Avenue (just north of Del Mar Street).

Related Links:

Castle Green: http://www.castlegreen.com/about-the-castle-green/
La Grande Orange Café: http://www.lgostationcafe.com/
Metro Gold Line: http://www.metro.net/riding/maps/gold-line/
Old Pasadena Map: http://www.oldpasadena.org/map.asp

 An event summary is posted here

Always Drink Responsibly



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