PASADENA — Plaza las Fuentes, a sprawling and controversial redevelopment project to be built across the street from City Hall, on Tuesday was given approval to exceed the height limit for buildings in the downtown area.
Under a zoning change adopted solely for the project area, the developers of Plaza las Fuentes will be allowed to construct a 145-foot-high luxury hotel and a 105-foot-high office building in an area where the height limit is 75 feet.
Height had been a major source of contention for opponents of the project, more than 200 of whom turned out in December for two lengthy and emotional hearings on the development plans. They claimed that the height of the planned development would obscure views of the downtown area.
Few Opponents Attend
But only a handful of speakers was present at Tuesday's hearing.
Plans for the $120-million project call for a 10-story luxury hotel, restaurants, office buildings and retail space to be built in two phases on 6.8 acres. Its developers, Maguire/Thomas Pasadena Center Ltd., recently received financial help from the city in the form of $16 million in tax-exempt bonds to be used to acquire land and build an 850-space subterranean parking garage.