thawilsonMAG issue98

Pasadena Heritage supports Kimpton Hotel Project in Civic Center

 Pasadena city officials this week put a hold on a Kimpton Hotel project proposed to occupy the vacant Julia Morgan-designed YWCA building on the edge of that city's historic civic center plaza after the developer sought more than $30 million in concessions.

Local preservation group Pasadena Heritage supports the hotel because, "it is an ideal reuse for the former YWCA building, which has sat vacant now for 20 years, complies with the original Bennett Plan that called for a future building in this location, would do much to enliven the Civic Center and provide public amenities, and increase pedestrian activity throughout the day and evening hours," the group said in its April newsletter.

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