Azusa-Alameda Gold Line Station rendering w/old Santa Fe station in background Dignitaries from Azusa and Foothill Extension Authority celebrate new station location in front of Gold Line Billboard.
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Azusa Downtown Construction News

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The following are the latest construction notices for the city of Azusa:

August 15, 2014

Intersection closure of 9th St and Pasadena Ave for paving work.

 


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Azusa Downtown Station

The city of Azusa will be home to two Gold Line stations as part of the future Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, currently underway. One, Azusa Downtown, is located in the heart of the city’s downtown and the other on the eastern border of the city near Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College (Azusa-Citrus).

The downtown station will be located east of Azusa Avenue, and will consist of side platforms with the track in the middle. As part of the project, Alameda Avenue will be permanently closed to accommodate the new platforms.

Although directly adjacent to the historic Sante Fe Depot, the Azusa Downtown station does not include use of the historic structure. At this time, plans for the historic depot have not been finalized.

About Shared Corridor

Throughout Azusa, the two light rail tracks will share the corridor with one freight track. Although built within the same corridor, freight and light rail trains will not share tracks.

For project updates, click here.

Future Plans

Located in Azusa's Historic Downtown District, the proposed Azusa Downtown station is surrounded by the Downtown North development that proposes retail and residential development to the north and south of the station. It also includes the prospect of affordable senior housing and a new library. The Azusa Village Center, also known as Block 36, will also be located close to the Azusa Downtown Station.

Downtown North

Downtown North's boundaries are Ninth Street on the north, the Foothill Boulevard corridor on the south, San Gabriel Avenue on the west and the east side of Dalton Avenue on the east, and will include the prospect of affordable senior housing and a new library. The plan intends to preserve the existing park while providing additional courtyards, plazas and paseos nearby.
A Memorandum of Understanding was previously signed between the City of Azusa and a developer; however, plans have been put on hold due to the economic downturn.

Azusa Village Center (Block 36)

The Azusa Village Center project is a proposed housing and retail redevelopment project in the downtown area, located at the southeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Azusa Avenue (within a block of the proposed Azusa Downtown station). Previously approved development plans included 32,500 square feet of street-level retail with two levels of housing above, including 66 condominiums and a 330-space subterranean parking structure. However, plans have been put on hold due to the economic downturn.

As the Construction Authority and city begin a new dialogue through the 2010 TOD study just underway, the city may update their vision for the future. Click here to learn more about the 2006 and 2010 TOD Studies.

About Azusa

Rugged mountains and foothills form a spectacular backdrop to a community where ancient peoples lived more than 6,000 years ago. From the snow covered peak of Mt. San Antonio towering over 10,000 feet, the San Gabriel River drains a watershed of more than 600 square miles. The City of Azusa was founded in 1887 and incorporated as a general law city on December 29, 1898. Today, Azusa is a model older suburban community undergoing growth and rejuvenation, located 26 miles east of Los Angeles.

Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, it has nearly 50,000 residents and is home to Azusa Pacific University. The pristine areas of river flood plain create corridors of wetlands for wildlife and fish, including steelhead trout. Tributary streams are lined with willow, cottonwood, sycamore and alders. Higher up are mountain forests, home to bobcats, mountain lions and bears. This not only provides a diverse and spectacular backdrop to the city, but a destination for recreation, mountain biking, hiking and fishing.

Although officially located in the city of Glendora, Citrus College sits just beyond the eastern border of Azusa and is a beloved neighbor to the city.

Learn more:
Azusa Chamber of Commerce – www.azusachamber.org
Azusa Pacific University - www.apu.edu/
Citrus College - http://www.citruscollege.edu
City of Azusa - www.ci.azusa.ca.us
Historical Lindley-Scott House - www.lindleyscotthouse.com
Rosedale Development - www.rosedaleazusa.com

VIDEO: Gold Line Station Artist Spotlight: Jose Antonio Aguirre

About the Artist

Jose Antonio Aguirre is recognized as a bi-national artist, who was born and raised in Mexico City and immigrated to the United States in 1976. During the 1980s, Jose achieved a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and then an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990. Jose has continued to live and work in Los Angeles, developing a national and international art career. He has actively participated in solo and group exhibitions, but he is particularly recognized for his public art.

His most ambitious project is the double-tower Byzantine and Venetian glass mosaic mural for the new East Los Angeles Public Library, titled, “Our Legacy, Forever Presente.” The project was commissioned by the County of Los Angeles at the behest of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Jose creates his public and private art, not only as an artist, but also as an active community cultural worker, a cultural journalist and a visual arts educator. His two-dimensional artworks are included in many of the prominent public art collections in the United States, Mexico, Scotland and Germany.

Mr. Aguirre received a Fulbright-García Robles 2010-2011 award to research community public art projects at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco in Mexico City. For more information on previous or current projects, visit: http://www.urbanartcommission.org/artists/jose-antonio-aguirre/

Above, conceptual drawing of platform gateway for future Duarte station

Title for Station Artwork

A Passage Through Memory

Statement for Station Artwork

Jose Antonio Aguirre developed a concept for the station that will serve as both a historic landmark and a gateway for the City of Azusa. The station's architectural and artistic design elements are to reflect an integration of motifs and pictographs drawn from the cultural traditions of the Native American Gabrielino tribe and the architectural forms of the early California Spanish-Colonial Mission style. The fusion of the two histories will capture the cultural significance of the local area reflected in the civic identity of the City of Azusa.

As part of the development of the final design concept for this station, the artist has used some of the standard station finishes to distinguish a specific place along the alignment. Beginning at the access ramps to the station platforms, the artist has developed concrete stencils that are interpreted pictographs of the Gabrielino culture. The combination of the three stylized motifs will bring an abstract surface texture to the ramps, which over time will reveal themselves to be the elusive rock painting of early inhabitants of the area. Mr. Aguirre has also used standard paving materials for the platform and enhanced them by the inclusion of larger local aggregate with a heavier sand blast finish to depict a dry river bed surface that flows down the entire center section of the platforms in a meandering pattern.

Perhaps the most ambitious and sculptural feature of the Azusa Downtown station is the unique arched portal gateway structure to signify the Alameda, or the Grand Parkway, to the community. This portal will be placed on the ramp of the northbound platform. The Spanish colonial-style archway is approximately 16 feet from ramp to top. The arched section of the portal is made from architectural concrete. The top of the portal shall be made of metal and will be illuminated at night, casting a glow that will back-light the word "AZUSA". This metal crown of the structure is inspired by the original "AZUSA" sign located on Foothill Boulevard and created in 1923. It was eventually removed from the site in 1946.

The final element unique to this station is the inclusion of hand-made mosaic compositions that are inspired by basket weavings from the local tribes of the San Gabriel Valley region. The artist seeks to include the public in the design developmental stages and final creation of the custom mosaics that will be installed on the canopy column bases of both platforms.

Azusa Downtown Station Construction Outlook

Construction is underway on the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa and is scheduled to be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. The city of Azusa will house two future Gold Line Stations (Azusa Downtown and APU/Citrus College). In addition to station construction work, two 200-space parking facilities, nine bridges and five at-grade (street level) crossings will also be constructed in Azusa. Part of the initial construction in the city will involve relocating the existing freight track to make room for the two, separate, light rail tracks.

The following construction activities will take place in Azusa over the next few years:*

Notes: Schedule is designed to avoid concurrent adjacent road closures.
 
Bridge Construction:

Citrus Ave. Bridges: The three rail bridges, located over Citrus Ave. to accommodate freight (1) and light rail tracks (2), were completed in December 2013.
Palm Ave. Bridges: The three rail bridges, located over Palm Ave. to accommodate freight (1) and light rail tracks (2), were completed in December 2013.
Foothill Blvd. Bridges: The three rail bridges, located over Foothill Blvd to accommodate freight (1) and light rail tracks (2), are under construction and scheduled to be completed in June 2014.

Grade Crossings (street level)

ONGOING CLOSURE Virginia Ave.: The at-grade (street level) crossing is scheduled to begin construction in April 2014 and continue through July 2014.
ONGOING CLOSURE San Gabriel Ave.: The at-grade (street level) crossing began construction in late July 2013 and will continue through mid-May 2014.
Pasadena Ave. (completed): The at-grade (street level) crossing began construction in late April 2013 and was completed in August 2013.
Azusa Ave (completed).: The at-grade (street level) crossing began construction in April 2013 and was completed in July 2013.
Dalton Ave. (completed): The at-grade (street level) crossing began construction in mid-February 2013 and was completed in early July 2013.
Alameda Ave. (permanent closure): Alameda Ave. at the railroad tracks (between 9th St. and Foothill Blvd.) is closed permanently, as of August 20, 2013.

Stations/Parking

Azusa Downtown (Side Platform): Station construction began in November 2013 and will be ongoing through February 2015. The City of Azusa is building a multi-modal parking facility in Downtown Azusa to accommodate civic center parking, Foothill Transit parking and Gold Line parking. The facility has not begun construction yet. Check back for updates.
APU/Citrus College (Side Platform): Station construction began in December 2013 and will be ongoing through February 2015. The adjacent parking facility began construction in November 2013 and will ongoing through June 2015.

Light Rail Track Installation

East of Avenida Padilla through Citrus Ave.: Light rail track installation started in early 2014 and will be complete by October 2014.

Freight Track Relocation

East of San Gabriel Ave through Citrus Ave.: Freight track relocation work began in early- 2013 and was completed in February 2014 from San Gabriel Ave to the Glendora city boundary.
West of San Gabriel Ave through to city of Irwindale:  Work west of San Gabriel Ave will begin in early-2014 and continue through October 2014.

Grading/Walls/Subgrade

East of Avenida Padilla through Citrus Ave.: Walls and drainage work began in June 2013 and will continue through April 2014.

Claims: For information on how to submit a claim, click here.

 

* Dates are approximate. Construction schedules are subject to change