A mixed-use development links past and present.
Old Pasadena gets a new addition
HED has completed the initial design for a new mixed-use project immediately adjacent to the Old Pasadena Historic District. Surrounding the Parsons Tower in Old Pasadena, the 4.1-acre site—part of a larger 22.7-acre site—will be transformed into a 529,139 square foot mixed-use development comprising retail space, office space, restaurants and apartments.
The design approach creates strong visual and physical connections between the project and the adjacent Historic District. Old Pasadena’s extensive alley network will be extended into the development, linking established pedestrian channels with new alleyways and landscaped plazas.
The construction materials will also allude to the rich character of the Historic District. The brick and glass palette of the new buildings will reference to area’s the historic commercial brick buildings, while the architecture itself will align with the modern buildings already present on the site.
Taking inspiration from the nearby Arroyo Seco, the proposed landscape design envisions a sustainable urban landscape, with courtyards and paseos filled with native and adapted species. Stoops, porches and landscape buffers will be used to create a residential scale and an appealing streetscape.
The completed project will provide a modern extension of the historic, urban neighborhood. Replacing existing parking lots, the mixed-use development will further complement and enhance the existing character of Old Pasadena, and will bring new life and energy to the area.