An exciting new mixed-use project being developed by IDS is planned for the SE corner of Colorado Blvd. and El Molino Ave. The new 5-story office building will replace the current 2-story “Nest Furnishing” store and will hopefully inject some much needed energy onto this corner, which is already home to some great businesses like Vroman’s Bookstore, Laemmle Playhouse Theatre, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, and Zona Rosa Caffe, not to mention the venerable Pasadena Playhouse just down the street.
With new ground floor retail spaces available as well as a new source of breakfast and lunchtime crowds from the future office workers, the corner may become more vibrant with pedestrians and become more visually appealing as a result. This could help strengthen the revitalization of the Playhouse District, and ultimately help connect South Lake Avenue and Old Pasadena for pedestrians.