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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.
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.
November 22, 1990
The City Council on Monday approved several measures clearing the way for a proposed 186-home development in north La Verne. The council voted 3 to 1 to approve environmental statements, a zone change and the location of property lines within the proposed project by Lewis Homes of California. Mayor Pro Tem Thomas R. Harvey dissented, arguing that houses in the development would be too big. Unresolved is how much Lewis Homes should pay the city for additional firefighters to cover the area.
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.
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.
February 23, 1989 | TIM WATERS, Times Staff Writer
Having lost its battle to construct 132 homes on substandard-sized lots in North Carson, an Upland-based development company said Wednesday it will build no more than 114 homes on the 17.4-acre property. Council members voted 4 to 0 Tuesday, with Mayor Kay Calas absent, to overturn an earlier Planning Commission decision that would have allowed Lewis Homes to construct 132 homes on lots smaller than the city's minimum requirement of 5,000 square feet.
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.
December 13, 1987
MORENO VALLEY: First phase of the Palms by D&S Co., 24 single-family detached houses out of 153, 3-4 bedrooms, 2-2 1/2 baths; 1,665-2,164 square feet; $109,900-$142,900; January move-ins; models and sales office open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 25837 Javier Place. EL MONTE: Phase 4 of Arbor Oaks by Lewis Homes; 15 two-story detached houses out of 99; 3-4 bedrooms, 2 1/2-3 baths; 1,578-1,781 square feet; $188,950-$196,950; $30.
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