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City of La Verne Passes Moratorium on Industrial Development Near Future Light Rail Station

December 1, 2011

From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune – Moving to protect revitalization plans for neighborhoods around a proposed Gold Line station, the La Verne City Council on Monday put in place a ban on new industrial developments in the area.

City officials envision a mixture of shops, restaurants and medium-density housing, such as lofts or rowhouses, surrounding the Gold Line station, which would serve both La Verne and the nearby Fairplex.

And though the station is still at least five years away from opening just east of E street on the existing railroad tracks, officials are already getting ready.

The unanimously approved moratorium applies to properties along First Street and Arrow Highway between E Street and White Avenue. Initially made for 45 days, the moratorium can be extended for up to two years.

It also includes a small piece of the Pomona Fairplex that is inside La Verne’s city limits and is currently part of a parking lot. Hal Fredericksen, La Verne’s community development director, said La Verne’s Old Town Specific Plan also envisions additional homes, offices and possibly hotel space on that property.

The moratorium area is currently zoned for industrial and institutional use.

It is designed to prevent new businesses that would not fit in with the Gold Line plan from moving into the area before plans are finalized, Fredericksen said.

“That new industrial use that might come in would be very incompatible with the vision,” he said.

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