A plan by the Langham Huntington Hotel to construct a new swimming pool with associated site improvements, including landscaping and the construction of a restroom, food pavilion, and cabanas will now go to the Pasadena Design Commission in a special meeting on Tuesday.
The meetings continue to be virtual and are accessible to the Pasadena community on Zoom.
The plan calls for the demolition of two outdoor tennis courts on the southwestern portion of the hotel complex. Although the hotel itself is eligible for designation as a historic district, the tennis courts are not identified as contributing structures, the Department of Planning and Community Development said in a staff report submitted for the Preliminary Consultation phase in August 2021.
In addition, the historic district map from the 1986 nomination form submitted to the National Register of Historic Places identifies the area as a parking lot. As such, the demolition of the tennis courts would not cause a significant adverse effect on the eligible Huntington Hotel Historic District, the report said.
The proposed resort pool facility would consist of an in-ground, organically shaped swimming pool surrounded by a paved pool deck, on which the four small cabana structures, a food trailer, freestanding rinse showers, planting areas and a 650-square-foot “wet pavilion” structure will be built.
Pedestrian access would be at the west and north sides and the perimeter would be surrounded by fencing on the east side, a retaining wall and fence on the north side and a privacy screening wall on the west side.
The “wet pavilion” structure, a one-story building as proposed, will include men’s and women’s restrooms, a changing room, a utility room and a supply kiosk.
In the staff report, the Planning Department said it is recommending approval of the Concept Design Review, subject to the recommended conditions of approval that will be reviewed when the project proceeds to Final Design Review.
The Langham Huntington Hotel is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. in Pasadena and commemorated its 100th year of existence in 2014.
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