Proposed Colorado Street project scaled down after rejection

A proposed mixed-use project along Colorado Street that was voted down by the City Council last June because it was too big has been scaled down and the public can comment on its draft environmental impact report through Monday.

Glendale-based CMGT Construction Co. initially wanted to build a four-story building with 90 residential units, 28,828 square feet of retail space, a daycare and a restaurant on a .99-acre lot it owns at 507-525 W. Colorado St.

Nearly a year after the development was denied, the commercial component is supplanted with 18,000 square feet of medical-office space and the daycare has been nixed, while the 1,700-square-foot restaurant is scaled back to a 1,000-square-foot counter-service eatery with limited seating, according to the draft environmental impact report.

“It’s been nine months of just basically starting over and trying to redo it to make a building that fits in the community as well as it can,” said project manager Gregory Tan.

The revised building would be five stories tall, but would stand at 60 feet, the same height as the previous proposed development, the report states. Also, a subterranean parking structure would have 246 spaces.

The number of units remains unchanged at 90 — 68 would be 670-square-foot, one-bedroom apartments and 22 would be two-bedroom apartments ranging from 900 to 1,000 square feet, according to a city staff report.

Tan said he’s currently not sure how much rent prices would be.

CMGT Construction has built other apartment buildings, including an 82-unit structure in Los Angeles, and usually hires outside firms to manage them, Tan said.

So far, the draft environmental impact report, conducted by Meridian Consultants, has determined that the project wouldn’t contribute to a major influx in vehicular traffic and noise levels would rise only during construction.

Vilia Zemaitaitis, a senior planner with the city, said a final version of the environmental impact report would likely head to the City Council by the end of April.

If the project is approved, construction would likely last 16 to18 months, Tan said.

The report can be found on the city’s department of planning website and comments can be emailed to and should include “CCTAN/Colorado Street Mixed Use Project Draft EIR” in the subject line.

-- Arin Mikailian,

Follow on Twitter: @ArinMikailian.


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