The corner of Del Mar and Pasadena Ave is taking shape very nicely as the last remaining section of the Westgate Apartments is wrapping up on construction and the design of the facade is now visually apparent. With an almost iridescent quality, the corner facade is covered in copper-colored metallic panels that remind me a bit of a design choice famed architect Frank Gehry would come up with (think Seattle’s music museum).
I had a chance to stop by the grand opening of the well-designed Westgate Apartments yesterday, which was attended by employees of Sares-Regis (the developer), architects involved with the project, community stakeholders, and civic leaders including the Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard.
The first phase of the Westgate project is definitely wrapping up soon. I would say that about 80% of the entire thing is complete from a quick visual survey and walk through. I took these pictures last week and was thoroughly impressed with the outcome of the complex. I love how each building is designed differently (as you can tell in the pictures below), but are still tied together to form a community with the paseos that traverse through the complex.
A quick snapshot of Westgate from today as construction continues forward on phase I (of 3). Much progress has been made since my last update, and I would guess that construction should wrap up around summertime.
The first phase of Westgate, the apartments portion, is finally wrapping up as new landscaping and signs have been put in. The temporary leasing office, in a trailer located on the land where the second phase of Westgate will be, has been making appointments for people who are interested in leasing and getting a hard-hat tour. Nevertheless, the southern end of the apartment complex is still a bit rough around the edges.
Looks like I missed a few things regarding the Westgate project the last time I was able to pay a visit. For one thing, I totally missed that the leasing trailer seems to be up and running. The sidewalks around the eastern perimeter have been completely redone and some trees have also been planted. It’s starting to look really good, and I was extremely excited standing there staring at this project, imagining it completed and with a healthy dose of pedestrians activating the once forlorn streets.
Nearing the end of summer, Westgate has made some significant progress over the last few months. One can clearly see just how much positive impact this project development will have for the southern portion of Old Town Pasadena. As soon as these residences are filled with people, the streets will become more active around the area with people walking and businesses opening in areas that were once considered not viable locations. As I’ve posted before, Westgate helps expand the walkable areas in Downtown Pasadena by contributing to a compact built environment.
The first phase of Westgate is chugging along steadily (thankfully!), and it’s definitely made some visual progress since the last update on this blog. At the rate the progress is going, it’ll probably be completely done by the end of this year. Then the second and third phases will follow as the economy improves. As a recap, the first phase will be completed as rentals and the second and third will probably be condominiums. I can’t wait to see how Westgate changes the dynamic of this part of Old Pasadena.
Like I said before, Westgate is one of the most important projects in Pasadena coming from a pedestrian perspective, which is all too often ignored in a metropolis dominated by the “driver mentality.” There’s nothing worse in an urban district, ostensibly built for pedestrians, than underutilized land (the area Westgate is on now).
Westgate is one of the most important projects in Pasadena at this time from the perspective of a maturing urban center. It is a massive project with 842 units and will be built in 3 phases. The developer, Sares-Regis Group, is currently working on phase 1, which is the southern portion of the project on Del Mar Blvd.