Pasadena panel gives Rusnack Auto Group 60 days to revise plans for proposed Porsche dealership on Colorado Boulevard – Pasadena Star News

A Porsche dealership is planned for Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard, while project planners attempt to navigate the many hurdles related to the proposed 60,000-square-foot, two-story Rusnack Auto Group facility in East Pasadena.

Rusnak Auto Group is a family owned business that operates several dealerships throughout Pasadena. The state-of-the-art Rusnake Pasadena dealership and auto service facility for the intersection of Sunnyslope Avenue and Nina Street could be the largest in the area, according to plans presented by project planners this week.

The facility is scheduled to start in September 2022.

Standing at 36 feet on a 4.4-acre site near the Lamanda Park District on the eastern side of Pasadena, the project includes a two-level parking structure and rooftop parking atop the auto service portion of the structure.

A separate 4,832-square-foot car wash, to be used exclusively by auto dealerships, has also been proposed on the northeast side of the site along Walnut Street.

The rationale behind building the new project is that the number of dealerships in the United States has declined over the past 20 years, according to John Bead, speaking on behalf of Rusnak Auto Group on Wednesday, July 27.

“But the number of cars sold has increased,” Bead said on Wednesday, “which naturally means that the size of the dealership is probably going to be bigger because they have more vehicles. So the size you see here It is now becoming the typical size of a dealership in a major metropolitan area.”

However, locals, including Marina Bactis, Georgi Cajer and others who called a meeting of Pasadena’s planning commission to oppose the project, believe the neighborhood is crowded.

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“We already have Home Depot,” Batakis said, “and the Super 8 motel causes huge congestion and traffic issues.”

Others who have lived and worked in the area agreed, noting that Lamanda Park features unique work-living spaces that represent Pasadena’s early growth and development over the decades. One such building – the Peterson Furniture Factory, described by residents and commissioners as a rare example of a daylight factory – would have to be demolished to make room for a Porsche showroom, however, according to current plans.

Kajer, an architect who lives in a nearby studio, said the proposed dealership’s “both scale and design” are inconsistent with the existing Lamanda Park neighborhood.

In an interview before this week’s discussion, she described the proposed dealership as “almost a perfect cookie cutter” of the Porsche dealerships found in Palm Springs and Woodland Hills.

“But I don’t think Pasadena is Palm Springs or Woodland Hills,” Kajar said, wondering why the city would take the time to prepare specific plans — documents that guide development in different parts of Pasadena — and then follow up with guidelines. fail to implement.