George Simmons, 92, and Valarie Jones dance to the Tammy Wynette tune “Stand by Your Man” on Wednesday during the Community Senior Services’ Enrichment Center’s Adult Day Program at Larkin Park in Claremont. The program just relocated this week to an under utilized building at the park, finding its first permanent home in 22 years of service. Though the room is smaller than the one they shared at Pilgrim Place the benefits of having their own location, including a kitchen, outweigh the somewhat cramped quarters. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
New housing may be changing the landscape of the Claremont community, but developer Taylor Morrison is taking strides to ensure some of the historical sights along Base Line Road remain intact.
The Arizona-based development company, currently building a 50-unit townhome complex at the corner of Base Line Road and Padua Avenue, recently purchased two additional properties at 560 and 618 Base Line Road, located on the south side of the street between Mountain Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard.
Plans are inching along for the development of the recently sold Claremont Unified School District Surplus site, located at 2475 N. Forbes Ave.
On November 21, the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education approved the sale of the short-lived La Puerta Intermediate School to the highest bidder, Brandywine Homes of Irvine. The transaction, raking in $18,875,000 for the school district, is currently underway.
The developer has wasted no time in meeting with the city to flesh out their plans for the site.
The city of Claremont is making plans to build upon its artistic aesthetic with the creation of a $50,000 public art master plan.
Claremont residents and stakeholders gathered at the Hughes Center late last month to review a 72-page document outlining ideas for community art displays and providing a framework for how public art is selected.
A community art program and art ordinance were first adopted by the city in 1997 in an attempt to enhance Claremont’s aesthetics and cultural quality, according to Melissa Vollaro, community and human services manager.
The city of Claremont is now accepting nominations for the city's 33rd annual Claremont Architectural Commission Excellence in Design Awards, honoring recently completed building projects in Claremont that best exhibit the city's standards of exceptional design.
Awards are presented in several categories including new construction, restoration, landscaping, signs, sustainable development and others. In order to be eligible, the project must be in Claremont and has been completed prior to December 31, 2013. Projects completed in years prior to 2013 are eligible as well. Projects involving interior alterations only will not be considered for an award.
Paint peels from the city of Claremont’s angel located in Mallows Park off of Indian Hill Boulevard and Harrison Avenue. Claremont has adopted a new $50,000 public art master plan, a 72-page document containing ideas for art displays and guidelines for how public art is selected. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Registration ends this week for the free Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning (CALL) program. This program, which is offered by the Claremont Senior Program, is designed to permit those 60 years of age and older to audit courses at the Claremont Colleges during the spring 2014 semester.
Registration closes Friday January 10 at 5 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to Claremont residents. For more information, call (909) 399-5488.
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