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You are invited to the Grand Opening of the Allen-Brigden Classics, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the site, 1142 N. Allen (at Brigden).

A brief ceremony is planned for 6 p.m., with the project open to the public.

It has been a long journey, but the end product is one that fits Brigden Ranch and is a great gateway to our neighborhood.

That journey began five years ago when your Brigden Ranch Neighborhood Association discovered the old gas station, closed for about 30 years, was going to be replaced by a large three-story box of condominiums that would be out of place in our neighborhood. Our efforts convinced the City to buy back the property from the developer and go with a smaller, more appropriate and more attractive project. Allen-Brigden Classics consists of four condominium units that were quickly sold to first-time, moderate-income buyers who will receive financial assistance from the City of Pasadena. As was intended, all four buyers work and live in Pasadena.

The other two units are work/live spaces designed for home-based business owners. No retail or traffic-producing businesses will be allowed.

The developer is Trademark Development of Pasadena, which has been extremely open and accommodating to Brigden Ranch and our neighbors. Unlike the planned first project, the current design by architect Tyler/Gonzalez Associates is tasteful and fits the architecture and colors found on Brigden Road.

The following Brigden Ranch residents are to be thanked and commended for spending hundreds of hours collecting neighbor signatures against the initial project, meeting with the City Council and our council member to pursue alternatives, studying zoning and planning regulations and reviewing them with the City’s Planning and Zoning departments, discussing concerns and desires with the developer, and much more.

Thanks to Liane Enkelis, Julia LaGrua, Stacy Lewis, Armand Montiel, Monica Villegas, and Augustin Zuniga for laying the foundation for this successful project. And especially to the late Henry Sherrod, who took on the job of totally understanding Pasadena’s zoning and planning regulations, without which, the welcome new project would not have been built. A special thanks to our Councilman at the time, Paul Little, who listened to our concerns and took affirmative action. And to Paul’s great assistant, Margo Fuller.

Thanks to the efforts of everyone, Pasadena now has one of the first and best work/live housing projects. We are looking forward to our new residential and business neighbors becoming part of Brigden Ranch. And we’re glad the unsightly gas station is a distant memory.

We hope to see you Wednesday.

On a separate note, Pasadena’s Code Enforcement and the Pasadena Police Dept. have asked us to remind everyone that there are strictly enforcement regulations against pruning, cutting, or removing protected trees. There are about 100 types of trees protected under the Pasadena Tree Protection Ordinance. Even if these trees are on your property, your back or side yard, or hang into a house in the county, they’re protected. A permit must be obtained, and in most cases, an arbohrist consulted. Most gardeners do not know what trees are protected, nor how much to cut (25% max), how the tree must be trimmed/cut, or the best time of year to cut them. Tree services either don’t know, or only care about collecting your money. For more information before you consider cutting your trees, review the City of Pasadena ordinance.

The ordinance is in place to “preserve and grow our urban forest.” Cut too much, at the wrong time or in the wrong way (topping is destructive), and the tree can die.

Remember the speed limit on Brigden Ranch roads is always 25 miles per hour.

Donn Dufford
Brigden Ranch Neighborhood Association

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Construction workers work on the exterior of Allen-Brigden Classics on North Allen in Pasadena, June 7, 2010, as the latest affordable housing project nearing completion. Four of the six units are designated for moderate-income families, but what also sets the project apart is that two of the units are being marketed as live/work units for small home-based businesses. Applications are still being accepted.

NOTE: Your Brigden Ranch Neighborhood Association Board was instrumental in stopping the plan to build the initial project which was totally out of keeping and out of scale with the neighborhood. We worked with the City and Trademark Development to re-group and construct a smaller scale project befitting a gateway to Brigden Ranch.

Here is a excerpt from a Pasadena Star-News article published June 6, 2010. Read the full article at the link below.

Former gas station site reborn as affordable townhouse complex

PASADENA - A former gas station at 1142 N. Allen Ave. is nearing completion as Pasadena’s newest affordable townhouse complex aimed at first-time buyers.

Developer Joel Bryant of Pasadena-based Trademark Development Co. said the company bought the land from the city at the bargain price of $50,000 - with the understanding that any housing development would be affordable.

Read the full Pasadena Star-News at