first_imgGLENDORA – In a split vote Tuesday night, the City Council refused to grant a time extension that would have allowed construction to begin on an assisted-living facility opposed by prospective neighbors. The three-member council majority argued that the developer did not face an “unavoidable delay,” which was required to qualify for an extension. The developer of the proposed 125-bed senior home can start from scratch and bring the project back to the City Council, or sue over the council’s decision, the city attorney said. Arizona-based Glendora Hospital Partners had “absolutely no comment” after the meeting. Residents left the meeting cheerfully, congratulating each other next to the lights surrounding City Hall, while the development team huddled together in the parking lot. “I’m very happy,” said Erica Landmann-Johnsey, who has helped lead neighbors against the project. “The council didn’t grant any favors to out-of-state developers. They represented the residents.” The residents have long argued that the project, destined for the corner of Gladstone Street and Bonnie Cove Avenue, wouldn’t fit in their neighborhood. The two-story building would overwhelm the mostly one-story houses, strain ambulance and fire services, hurt property values, and bring increased traffic in the form of visiting families, residents have argued. The development team’s Tom Gibson, president of Glendora-based Walton Construction, countered some of the arguments, particularly in regards to traffic. “This is an assisted-living facility,” he said. “They can’t get around on their own. They’re good neighbors.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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