Taylor Morrison, the developer currently building townhomes at Base Line Road and Padua Avenue, recently purchased properties at 560 and 618 Base Line on the south side of the street between Mountain Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard. These properties consist of just over four acres including four historic structures and are surrounded by single-family homes to the north, the 210 freeway to the south, commercial properties and the former Montessori school. The council recently approved minor changes to the plan, but overall the project moves forward as previously approved in 2007 when Tres Estrellas, LLC owned the property. The proposed development includes both commercial components as well as a 64-unit townhome complex. The historic buildings at the site will be preserved with two slated for office space and two barns becoming a community center and a small picnic area. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The bright, orange doors of Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop will be closing for good in January. The children’s bookstore, originally opened in Covina before moving to the La Verne location, has been providing the local children a place to foster a love of reading for the last 28 years.
Owners Judy and Byron Nelson cite a changing business climate and the desire for “big box” discount stores as contributing reasons why they are closing their beloved bookshop.
With nearly 700 new housing units to hit the Claremont housing market in the next couple years, Claremont officials are making room for the possibility of a few more.
The Claremont Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, January 7 to review proposed changes to the housing element of the city’s general plan. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.
The update, required by law, is needed to identify undeveloped land in the city of Claremont that might be viable to meet the area’s housing needs through 2021.
Pomona Police investigate the scene of a traffic collision that shut down Towne Avenue during the morning commute on Friday in Claremont. A red van was traveling south on Towne when it apparently sideswiped a Chevrolet SUV causing the van to flip over blocking both southbound lanes. Claremont police assisted and were diverting traffic as late as 9:40 a.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Michelle Lafianza and her brother Peter enjoy a ride down the slopes while tubing with their family on Tuesday at The Mount Baldy Ski Lifts. In spite of very dry conditions the resort made enough snow in early December to open their popular tubing run as well as the beginner’s skiing slope. The poor snow conditions are a symptom of a record breaking dry year with only 3.05 inches of rain recorded in downtown Los Angeles. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Friends of the Claremont Library has announced that the formal opening ceremony of the children’s section will take place Saturday, January 18 at 10 a.m.
After extensive renovations of the area, the event is scheduled to recognize donors and groups that were instrumental in making the remodel happen and to celebrate the new space for the children of our Claremont community.
Family, friends and community members gathered on the corner of New Haven and Base Line Road Tuesday afternoon to honor the life of Ali Mirage, a 76-year-old La Verne resident who was struck by a car and killed last Friday while riding his bike in Claremont. “He was so full of life and had so many dreams,” his wife Mitra Mirage recalled. “Unfortunately, he left with lots of unfinished business.” A “ghost bike” remains chained to the light post surrounded by candles and flowers as a somber memorial to a man family members describe as a caring husband and father and constant adventure seeker. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The city of Claremont’s Community and Human Services Department is kicking off its 24th annual “Making Change” contest. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, students are asked to submit an entry based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s August 28, 1963, “I Have A Dream” speech. Students (K-12) who live in or attend school in Claremont are eligible to enter the contest.
A small group of curious onlookers watch as a Los Angeles television crew broadcasts live on Monday in front of the Claremont United Methodist Church. The church’s public Nativity, which shows a depiction of a dying Trayvon Martin, has become an international news story since it went up over two weeks ago. The display was created by Claremont resident John Zachary who has crafted other thought provoking Nativities at the Foothill Boulevard location over the last seven years. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Work crews clean up the street while repairing a broken water main Monday at the intersection of Base Line Road and Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont. According to officials at the scene Golden State Water Company first noticed the break on December 25th and determined that the pipe belonged to Three Valleys Municipal Water District. The repair, which is expected to be complete by Tuesday, necessitated the closure of both eastbound lanes on Base Line just west of Indian Hill. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
After nearly a year of silence on the topic, Claremont officials took a step forward in potential water system acquisition in October, offering Golden State Water Company $55 million for the purchase of the city’s water system.
This marked the second offer the city has made to the privately owned water company. Last November, Claremont officials presented Golden State Water with a $55 million proposal. Golden State administrators rejected both offers, maintaining, “The system is not for sale.”
It is safe to say that taste buds have been tingled this year in food. With new restaurants opening their doors, old favorites getting a second chance and the first ever Restaurant week being hosted in the city, food got the celebrity treatment in 2013.
Hello and goodbye are more than just formalities. They speak to a year’s worth of notable changes in the City of Trees. Like in years past, 2013 brought with it a mixed bag. Locals reluctantly bid farewell to longtime local staples like the Claremont Golf Course and the Strawberry Patch, and a rise in commercial crime caused serious concern. However, not all of the headlines were heavy. Here’s a look back at 2013’s most notable adieus and rewarding welcomes.
Ali Mirage, 76, of La Verne, died the morning of Friday, December 27 after a collision with a vehicle on his bicycle while traveling east on Base Line Road near Mills Avenue. Claremont police shut down Base Line Road from Bonnie Brae Avenue, east to Mills Avenue until 4:30 p.m. The driver, who police report is a 54-year-old female, was not cited or arrested.