Demolition of former church chicken restaurant heralds long-awaited supportive housing development – Pasadena Now

Titan Disposal crews demolish the old Church’s Chicken building at 710 North Fair Oaks Ave., June 13, 2022. [Photo by Eddie Rivera/Pasadena now.]

A demolition crew from Pasadena-based Titan Disposal arrived early Monday morning to begin demolishing the former Church’s Fried Chicken restaurant at the intersection of North Fair Oaks Ave and Orange Grove Boulevard.

The location will be the site of Heritage South II, the second phase of the Heritage Square housing project in Pasadena.

The project will be built on city-owned land with a 99-year lease. A three-story mixed-use building with 69 permanent supportive housing units for homeless seniors, 10,000-15,000 square feet of retail space primarily on the ground floor, and surface parking and underground.

An aerial view of the Heritage South II project looking northeast at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Fair Oaks Ave. [KTGY Architecture + Planning]

Intensive onsite case management services will be provided to tenants, including counselling, healthcare assistance, independent living skills support, onsite activities and other services.

According to a report by planning department staff, the project is “of a contemporary modern design, which complements the nearby southern heritage development without replicating its form”.

Council member John Kennedy led efforts to ensure that local labor would be employed to work on all phases of the project.

“I want to express my appreciation for Councilman Kennedy’s leadership in advocating for local participation in construction projects in his district,” Erin Nolan, Titan Disposal Operations Manager, said Monday. “We especially appreciate the opportunity to be part of an affordable housing project like Heritage Square South.”

Titan owner Jamie Potter added: “Council member Kennedy’s vision to build 1,000 units [throughout Pasadena] in 1,000 days is a tall order. As a demolition contractor, we begin the process of housing our homeless and marginally housed neighbors, and as a local contractor, we pay for this economic opportunity in multiple ways.

Kennedy, who was unable to attend the demolition, in turn welcomed the project.

“Here we will have 69 units that will allow the people of Pasadena and surrounding areas to stay in the unique fabric of Pasadena,” Kennedy said. “And these formerly homeless people will have comprehensive services provided by Los Angeles County, which is just amazing.”

“It’s amazing and today is the start,” Kennedy continued. “It’s the start of demolition, but it’s also recognition that Bridge Housing (developer/owner of the Heritage Square and Heritage South II housing projects) is committed to locally contracting and sourcing materials locally. And they did a phenomenal job on Heritage Square Apartments North.

Kennedy singled out Potter and his company, saying Potter, a Pasadena native, was a “local hit.”

Kennedy added: “We really want to celebrate Bridge Housing and their local hiring, local contracts and local sourcing of materials. And unlike some other developers, Bridge Housing has a proven track record of delivering on its word to the community and council. »

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