Demolition Alert! Preserve Sierra Madre will be issuing "Demolition Alerts" to notify you when applications for demolition have been submitted to the city. As we know from Arcadia that had about 150 demolitions of homes in 2014, nothing can change the character of a city faster than the wholesale destruction of our residential neighborhoods.
751 Oak Crest Drive
Also known as The Pyramid House, it is currently for sale and is being marketed "....for land value only, possible build up to 6500 SF new house." Preserve Sierra Madre has two concerns: it is located near Bailey Park and sits prominently up on the hill and if a new owner doubles the size of the existing structure, it will adversely impact on the view of the mountains from below; and the buildable pad is relatively small, but because the overall lot is about an acre, an enormous house can be shoe-horned onto the pad.
Currently, the R-1 Code, including the Hillside Ordinance, has no provision that adjusts the maximum house that can be built so that it is based on the buildable lot and not on the overall lot size even if 90% of the lot was a steep hillside. Here is the link to that listing.
86 N. Lima
The owners, Cynthia Li and Wang Feng, are proposing to tear down the existing 1,136 sq. ft. home and build a 2-story 2,895 sq. ft. home. This project will need a CUP and that will be on the agenda for the Thursday, April 7th Planning Commission meeting.
86 E. Highland, 78 E. Highland and 70 E. Highland.
There are four homes at these addresses that are being sold together and were marketed as a development opportunity in which all the homes would be torn down and replaced with 9 condominium units. This property is now in escrow.
We don't see any reason to challenge this demolition because all of the new rules that have been put in place appear to be complied with in regards to the replacement structure which will be a 1-story home. While the existing home will be replaced by a much larger home, it is also situated on one of the larger lots in Sierra Madre.
April 7, 2016 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. General Plan Implementation Update. Preserve Sierra Madre sent an email to Chair Goldstein and Planning Commission members, asking that they please consider addressing and hopefully elevating the lack of provision, either in the R-1 Code or in the Hillside Management Zone, that addresses the situation of buildable lot size on a steep slope.
Under the current rules, the floor area ratio for what size home can be built will be based upon that entire lot size and not just on the buildable area. The result is a very large house that will seem disproportionate to its surroundings.
An example of this is a home currently for sale at 751 Oak Crest Drive well-known to many people as the "Pyramid House," which sits on a small flat pad with the remaining acreage a steep slope. See details on the Demolition Alert! page.