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Officials of Lewis Homes of California, eager to lay to rest their connection with a controversial plot of land next to a Pomona cemetery, have received tentative City Council approval of a rezoning ordinance needed to sell the property to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The company, which purchased the vacant lot at Towne and Lexington avenues in 1988 for $1.75 million from the Pomona Cemetery Assn., had intended to build a 93-home subdivision on the site.
July 19, 1992 | from Times Wire Services
Ira Norris, president of Inco Homes, one of the country's affordable housing leaders, has been chosen "Housing Person of the Year" for the Los Angeles area by the National Housing Conference (NHC). NHC, the nation's oldest nonprofit bipartisan citizens' housing organization, advocates national housing policies designed to make decent housing available, affordable and accessible to all citizens.
September 30, 1997
An Upland-based developer has entered into escrow to purchase the long-vacant Foulger Ford car dealership site in Arcadia. Other developers have considered the land since the dealership closed in 1992, but no deal came through. If the plans by Lewis Homes to construct a 55,000-square-foot supermarket and two other retail stores on the property materialize, it would be a boon for Arcadia, City Manager Bill Kelly said. "It would be a shot in the arm," Kelly said.
September 13, 1991 | John O'Dell, Times staff writer
Lewis Homes, the 46-year-old Upland residential builder that has made a big name for itself in the Inland Empire, is moving into Orange County with two projects scheduled to begin next year and a third in the early negotiating stage. Randall Lewis, a vice president of the family-owned firm, said construction will begin on a 150-home project in the Irvine Co.'s Tustin Ranch community early in 1992 and that a Fullerton project is scheduled to get under way late next year.
March 18, 1990
Ralph and Goldy Lewis, co-founders of Lewis Homes, Upland, have been named 1990 Los Angeles Housing Persons of the Year by the National Housing Conference and will be honored at a June 27 dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel. The Washington, D.C.-based group, formed in 1931, is the oldest nonprofit bipartisan citizens' organization working for decent housing in the nation.
January 9, 1998 | E. Scott Reckard
Irvine Co. tycoon Donald Bren's home-building company and huge Kaufman & Broad Home Corp. have been bumped as Orange County's top builders, their customary position during the mid-1990s when other builders found it hard to get financing. The Meyers Group, a consulting firm that tracks new housing, said John Laing Homes sold 623 homes at 11 Orange County projects last year, compared with 605 sold at 13 projects by California Pacific Homes, Bren's home-building company. Kaufman & Broad was No.
April 20, 1989
The Whittier City Council has approved construction of 58 homes on a parcel of vacant land on Painter Avenue north of Mulberry Drive. The developer wants to build a planned community surrounded by six-foot walls and having gated entrances and private streets, said Patrick Loy of Lewis Homes of California. House prices in the development, which will include single-family homes and duplexes, will start at about $240,000, Loy said. The homes will be in Spanish-Mediterranean style, and the development will include a pool and spa area.
May 22, 1988
Southland home builders Ray Watt and Ralph and Goldie Lewis were among 10 persons honored by the National Assn. of Home Builders for their major contributions to the National Housing Endowment. In ceremonies at the National Housing Center in Washington, an embossed bronze plaque for each contributor was installed in the newly named "Housing Commemorative Plaza." Watt, based in Santa Monica, is the head of more than 60 companies and the builder of more than 80,000 houses in 22 states.
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