Denley Investments and Management looked to the Claremont City Council for a second chance to save the beleaguered Village Lofts project. It didn’t happen. The council voted unanimously to deny the Los Angeles-based development firm’s appeal of the voidance of the project. The Village Lofts, a planned four-story mixed-use development with live-work lofts, parking, retail spaces and apartments, was set to be built north of First Street between Cornell and Oberlin Avenue.
During a meeting on Thursday, June 22, the planning commission reviewed and recommended to the Claremont City Council a tract map for a condo development on the site of the vacant Claremont Inn.
This project has been in development since 2006, and the plans have changed significantly over the years.
The current plans involve the demolition of the Claremont Inn and the construction of a new 30 unit, three level, Spanish-style condominium building.
Sam and Barbara Mowbray, Claremont’s 2017 Honored Citizens, are involved in such a wide variety of organizations and causes throughout Claremont that they can barely keep track of them all.
Nevertheless, Mr. and Ms. Mowbray say that they were surprised to receive this prestigious distinction from the city. “The first thought that came into my mind is that I could easily come to fifty people without even thinking about it who have done as much as I have at various times."
Community Senior Services, a nonprofit social service agency, is this year’s Honored Group for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
CSS’ mission is to promote independence and enhance the quality of life for seniors aging in their own homes. Programs and services include transportation options such as Get About, Dial A Ride and mileage reimbursement, as well as companionship.
Paul Cooper was planning a vacation with his family to Texas when he got the phone call from the city’s Independence Day Committee, asking him to be the next grand marshal in the upcoming Fourth of July parade.
“They actually called me one night at home,” he said. “They said, ‘Hey, we wanted to know one, are you going to be in town? And two, you’ve been nominated and voted on by the committee to be the grand marshal.”
The annual Claremont Fourth of July Celebration has some changes this year but promises to hold true to tradition in every other way.
Information, game and selling booths at Memorial Park will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this year, with the good ol’ hometown parade at 3 p.m. The earlier parade start should give folks a little more time to barbecue and swim in the afternoon before the fireworks show gates open at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to check out our July Fourth special edition Friday, both in print and online. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
One of the more popular hikes in the area is climbing to the peak of Mt. Baldy at 10,064 feet. In fact, the hikers above are almost at the top as they ascend the final segment of the hike. Along the way, hikers must cross Devil's Backbone, an area where the trail is thin and 1000 foot vertical drops hang on both sides of the path. It can be quite dangerous with high winds or snowy conditions, but walkers can navigate safely with caution. We take you through an aerial ride up the mountain to see some incredible scenic views, over 9000 feet above seal level. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Indian Hill Boulevard might get a bridge after all. That information was revealed during last night’s Traffic and Transportation Commission meeting, when Assistant City Manager Colin Tudor indicated the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) may not allow an at-grade crossing—or street level crossing—across Indian Hill Boulevard when the Gold Line is built. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The evening sky may be getting darker, but Claremont still lightens the landscape as seen from the top of Potato Mountain on Sunday. The weather is finally going to cool down to more normal summer temperatures this week, meaning Claremont will have high temperatures in the upper-80s and lows around 60. The weather pattern will remain unchanged through next week, so you can plan on plenty of outdoor activities for the July Fourth holiday on Tuesday. The COURIER will be printing a special section Friday listing all the holiday events planned in Claremont next week. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The park will be closed on Monday, June 26 from 3 to 8:30 p.m., the city said. A red-flag warning means the fire conditions in the hills are at a critical stage. The park will be closed from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 26. Unless the warning is extended, the park plans to reopen Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m.
The footage, captured on Saturday, June 3 around 11:19 p.m, shows the suspected burglar walking across a parking lot on the corner of Harvard Avenue and First Street toward Petiscos, located on 211 west First Street.
For Oscar and Sandra Torres, opening a second Elvira’s Mexican Grill in Claremont was a no-brainer.
After all, many customers at their Upland restaurant were Claremonters who practically begged the couple to open a location in the City of Trees.
They couldn’t have picked a better location—the second iteration of Elvira’s (pronounced El-VEE-rah), named after Oscar’s late mother, opened on Friday, June 16 at the Old School House.
Following a report by a third-party group, the city is planning to improve a number of aspects of the transportation system, including a single phone number for all inquiries, a new website and a new driver. The plans were presented to the Community and Human Services Commission on Wednesday, June 7. The commission passed the plans unanimously, directing them to be sent to the city council for final approval.