The future Glendora station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair, currently in the advanced conceptual engineering phase. The station is planned just south of the city’s historic downtown, at Vermont Avenue. The plan is for the platform to be a center platform, with tracks on either side. Entrance to the platform will be from both the east and west ends. A 400-space parking facility will be provided near the station. Accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will also be provided.
The Glendora station location was approved through the environmental review process, which was completed and certified in March 2013 (click 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
Michael Hillman is an accomplished local artist with an extensive resume of public art projects completed in California. In, 2004, Michael received a grant for the Visiting Artist Program at Citrus College. The artist and his students designed and created a bench and two hand-made tile wall murals. Some of his other work includes work for the City of Pomona to create a large-scale diorama for the Los Angeles Fair, which won an award.
Michael received a Masters of Art & Ceramics degree from Cal State Long Beach. His experience includes teaching as a Professor of Art at Citrus Community College since 1997. He previously served as a Professor of Art at Azusa Pacific University and was an art consultant for the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1994.
Preliminary Artist Concept
“Glendora Home” oranges were formerly grown and packed in Glendora. Using this bit of history, Michael has chosen to title his work for the Glendora station “Glendora Home: A Slice of Sunshine.”
Design concepts for the station envision bold and visually brilliant color schemes. From the glossy, glazed orange-slice benches to the traditional orange-crate styled benches, the platform will be alive with warm and vibrant colors. The floor surface and bench materials will be embossed, etched or textured to provide visual depth. Rows of orange, eucalyptus and vine-covered arbors will bring a beautiful aroma to match the visual component. The station will have a friendly, neighborhood feel using Arts & Crafts as focal points.
Based on his preliminary design concept, Michael was selected by the city of Glendora’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, Michael will take his preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and Glendora community, to advance his design concept further.*
*The Construction Authority would like to thank the following members of the Glendora Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee for their participation in the selection process: Ms. Karen Cullen, Mr. Stephen Edwards, Ms. Lynn Hendricks, Mr. Jeff Johnson, Mr. John Lundstrom, Mr. Marshall Mouw, Mr. Norm Nichols, and Ms. Dianne Walter.
During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of Glendora (along with all other Foothill Gold Line cities from Pasadena to Montclair) to explore their visions for integrating transit oriented developments (TOD) near the future stations. At that time, the city was laying the groundwork for TOD near the future station by updating the city’s General Plan and Route 66 Specific Plan, and identifying opportunity sites for mixed-use development.
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, which revisited the earlier concepts.
Click here to learn more about the 2006 and 2010 TOD Studies.
Glendora is nestled at the base of the scenic San Gabriel Mountains, in the eastern portion of Los Angeles County. Located approximately 27 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Glendora offers convenient access to major commercial, cultural, educational and recreational areas in Southern California. Founded in 1887, Glendora was officially incorporated as a City in 1911. The City remained a small citrus-producing community until the late 1950s, when agriculture gave way to large scale residential development.
Today, over 50,000 residents enjoy Glendora's highly rated public and private schools, lush parks, comprehensive community services and one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. From tree lined neighborhood streets and quaint downtown Village shops to the modern architecture of the Financial Way business center, Glendora is a haven from the fast pace of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Citrus College – http://www.citruscollege.edu
City of Glendora – http://www.ci.glendora.ca.us
East Valley Hospital Medical Center - http://evhmc.com
Foothill Presbyterian Memorial Hospital - http://www.cvhp.org/Our_Facilities/Foothill_Presbyterian_Hospital.aspx
Glendora Chamber of Commerce – http://www.glendora-chamber.org
Glendora Historical Society Museum - http://www.glendorahistoricalsociety.org
Glendora Village - http://www.glendoravillage.com
The Rubel Castle & Pharm - http://www.glendorahistoricalsociety.org