RAFA LA Development files plans for 32 apartments in Pasadena

Vacant lot that once had a single-family home will become site of three-story complex

RAFA LA Development eyes 32-unit apartment Building in Pasadena
Rendering of plans for 810 North Marengo Avenue (BOLADarck)

RAFA LA Development wants to build a 32-unit apartment building in Pasadena.

The locally based developer led by Ramzi Mazloum has filed plans to build a three-story complex at 810 North Marengo Avenue, Urbanize Los Angeles reported. It would replace a vacant lot.

Plans call for 32 apartments above a single-level underground parking garage a half block north of Orange Grove Boulevard.

The third-acre property, which once contained a three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot home built in 1901, was purchased in 2015 for $1.2 million, according to Zillow and Realtor.com.

The developer seeks a density bonus to build a larger building than zoning rules allow in exchange for four affordable apartments set aside for very low-income households.

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The project, designed by Pasadena-based BOLADarck, includes a lime green and white building with gray trim and inset balconies, with a stone facade on its ground floor, according to a rendering.

The complex, to include an interior courtyard with a “water feature” and planters, will preserve a mature oak tree as its central focus, according to a city staff report.

The project is presented for a concept design review, and would be subject to final review at a later date, according to Urbanize.

— Dana Bartholomew

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