The very popular and venerable local public radio station, 89.3 KPCC, is now officially operating from the new Mohn Broadcasting Center located along the city-coined “Innovation Corridor” on South Raymond Ave. The half adaptive-reuse and half new ground-up broadcasting center was mostly completed about a month ago as the radio station’s main hosts, Larry Mantle and Patt Morrison, moved their programs from the old location at Pasadena City College to this new state-of-the-art $27 million complex. Some minor finishing touches to the exterior facade of the building, such as painting, are the only things left to do.
It is exciting to me to see the Mohn Broadcasting Center finished as it adds such a substantial presence to South Raymond’s growing roster of other “big creative names,” such as the Art Center College of Design’s second urban campus and Disney Store’s corporate headquarters in the Royal Laundry Building (located across the street from the Mohn Broadcasting Center actually).
The only thing I wish we could do to make the situation even better is to make the radio station more accessible to pedestrians by connecting it over the Gold Line metro train tracks to the flagship Whole Foods grocery store on Arroyo Pkwy with a pedestrian bridge. It isn’t a huge deal, but it would be nice to have a mid-block pedestrian connection (to break up the large block), which would also tap into the large residential population within walking distance just east of Arroyo Pkwy for interactive programs in the new “public forum” that the Mohn Broadcasting Center plans to put on often.