PUBLIC HEARING | Mission Bell Project

New development would eliminate La Fiesta Grande and Divergent Crossfit and possibly the rear portion of Amy’s Playground at the corner of Mission Street and Fairview Avenue

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | News | La Fiesta Grande is closing it doors after 28 years in South Pasadena

A proposed 3-story, 36-condominium project on Mission Street at Fairview Avenue in South Pasadena will be the subject of a public hearing as part of the city’s Design Review Board meeting on Thursday, March 7, at City Hall.

The 31,113-square-foot Mission Bell Project calls for three-stories, with a mix of one bedroom lofts and one and two bedroom units currently occupied by two parcels developed with three commercial buildings, one of which is listed on the City of South Pasadena Inventory of Historic Resources.

Underground parking for tenants and business employees is also part of the project.

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Affected in the teardown to make room for the mixed-use project, which features a restaurant and stores fronting Mission Street, are La Fiesta Grande Mexican restaurant, and Divergent Crossfit and possibly a rear portion of Amy’s Playground where a warehouse currently sits.

According to a postcard mailed to residents and business owners in the area of the construction site, the Planning Commission, pursuant to the city’s zoning code, will be the design review body because the project also requires approval of a conditional use permit (CUP), tentative parcel map and certificate of appropriateness. “For this reason the Design Review Board will not be taking an action on the proposed project but provide input to the applicant on the overall design,” reads a portion of the postcard.

City staff has determined that an environmental Impact report (EIR) be prepared for the project.

The March 7 public hearing at City Hall in the City Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street, is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Those with questions, comments and concerns are urged to contact Debby Linn, a consulting planner, at (626) 403-7220 or