The future Claremont station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair, currently in the advanced conceptual engineering phase. The station is planned to be located just north of the Metrolink platforms, near the historic Sante Fe Depot. The platform is planned to be a center platform, with tracks on either side. A 1,100-space parking facility will be provided near the station. Accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will also be provided.
This plan will result in four total tracks at the Claremont station - two light rail tracks on the north side for the Gold Line, and two Metrolink/freight tracks on the south. The Metrolink side platforms and tracks would be relocated south of where they are situated today and have access only from College Avenue.
The Claremont station location was approved through the environmental review process, which was completed and certified in March 2013 (click here to view Final EIR). The current engineering phase will result in us knowing more details about the design for the future station and parking. Learn more about the current phase for this and other Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair stations - click here.
About the Artist
Joyce Kohl is an accomplished artist based in Altadena, California with experience in cast iron and metal sculpturing. In 2004, she completed a major sculpture utilizing cast iron artifacts from farming, shipping and industrial machinery for a Park & Ride in DuPont, Washington. Other work includes a set of sculptures for the San Joaquin Valley Centennial Celebration of the two major industries in the area – farming and oil. Joyce also designed and created the tile and sculptural AIDS Wall in Zimbabwe.
Joyce graduated with a Masters of Art from California State University Fullerton and is the past recipient of the Fulbright-African Regional Research Grant, Zimbabwe, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.
Based on her preliminary design concept, Joyce was selected by the city of Claremont’s Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee, later ratified by the city council, in 2005. As the Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair continues to move from planning to reality, Joyce will take her preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and Claremont community, to advance her design concept further.*
Preliminary Artist Concept
As passengers exit the train in Claremont, stacks of orange crates relating to the historic railway would be visible from the platform. The crates will give the station the ambiance of a functioning old train station connecting it to the historic Claremont station next door. Riders passing through the station will have unique and interesting details to explore as they wait for a train.
Drawing from her experience working with metals, Joyce will create metal benches that are replicas of citrus crates. The ends of the benches will have brightly colored citrus labels secured to the ends of the benches. Stacked in nondescript fashion along the platform, the benches will provide both a functional role for the Claremont station as well as lending an inviting ambiance that is reminiscent of days gone by.
The entryway to the platform also will feature a sculpture based on archaeological items from the history of Claremont's development.
*The Construction Authority would like to thank the following members of the Claremont Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee for their participation in the selection process: Ms. Francine Baker; Mr. Craig Bradshaw; Ms. Robin Haulman; Ms. Lisa Prasse; Mr. Michael Shea; and Ms. Marie Williamson.
A premiere example of transit-oriented development along the Foothill Gold Line corridor is found in Claremont with the Claremont Village Expansion project located just west of Indian Hill Boulevard and immediately north of the current Metrolink and proposed Foothill Gold Line right-of-way.
Within walking distance of Claremont's historic downtown shopping and business district as well as the Metrolink (and future Foothill Gold Line) station, the project includes three core components:
Village Walk: This "new-urban design" residential neighborhood of 173 homes includes condominium lofts, town homes and duplexes, and open space areas.
The Packing House: Arteco Partners, recognized in the region for successful adaptive reuse projects and in particular for support for creative arts communities, was selected to bring new life to Claremont's historic 1922 Citrus Packing House. The project, which officially opened in April of 2007, shines within this TOD for its detailed architectural renovation and a variety of creative storefronts and arts/entertainment venues.
The Shops and Offices, directly across the street from Village Walk and The Packing House further expands office, retail and entertainment opportunities for the City of Claremont, and includes a five-screen, 816-seat Laemmle Theater complex and Casa 425, a 28-room boutique hotel.
A 477-space parking structure supports the TOD with 6,000 square feet of retail space on Indian Hill Boulevard.
With the recent economic downturn, many development plans from 2006-7 have slowed or been put on hold. The Construction Authority and city began a new dialogue through another TOD study in 2010, and additional details about the city’s future visions may be added to this page.
Click here to learn more about the 2006 and 2010 TOD Studies.
Located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Claremont is best known for its tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and college campuses. But more than that, Claremont is a vital balanced community that provides a wide range of programs and services for all age groups and preserves a full range of housing opportunities. It supports a variety of thriving commercial and industrial centers and protects the environment while encouraging appropriate development. In short, it respects traditional values while embracing new ideas.
Much of what Claremont is today is the direct result of actions taken by the community's founders more than 100 years ago. Trees planted at the turn of the century now compete with nearby mountain peaks for dominance of the local skyline. The Claremont Colleges have become some of the nation's most highly respected educational and cultural institutions. The historic central core remains a vital residential and retail district, one of the last true "downtowns" in the region. And the spirit of Claremont's original "town meeting" form of self-governance lives on in today's active and involved citizenry, citizens who continue to build on the successes of the past in order to ensure an even brighter future.
City of Claremont: http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us/
Claremont Graduate University - www.cgu.edu/pages/1.asp
Claremont McKenna College - www.cmc.edu/
Claremont School of Theology - www.cst.edu/about_claremont/
Claremont Village - www.thevillageclaremont.com/
Claremont's Village Expansion: www.ci.claremont.ca.us/
Harvey Mudd College - www.hmc.edu/
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences - www.kgi.edu/
Pitzer College - www.pitzer.edu/
Pomona College - www.pomona.edu/
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens - www.rsabg.org/
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology - www.alfmuseum.org/
Scripps College - www.scrippscollege.edu/
The Packing House: www.claremontpackinghouse.com/