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Mission Meridian Transit Village

City of South Pasadena, California
Firm Role
Shared parking analysis and strategy, traffic analyses, station area planning
2001-2002, completed 2005
67 transit-oriented lofts and townhomes with 5000 ft.² of retail on 1.65 acres
Honors & Awards
  • 2006 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.
  • 2006 Builder Magazine Golden Nugget Grand Award.
  • 2006 Tranny Award, California Transportation Foundation.
  • 2006 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothill Chapter.
  • 2006 Outstanding Transit-Oriented Development in America from the Urban Land Institute (1 of 10).

Mission Meridian Village is a transit-oriented development adjacent to a light rail station on the Gold Line between downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. The site sits between a neighborhood of bungalows and a historic Main Street in the process of being revitalized.

The project, designed by Moule & Polyzoides and developed by Creative Housing Associates, fits seamlessly within this historic fabric. 67 homes are arranged on the 1.65-acre site, including lofts over retail, courtyard townhomes, and single-family houses. They generate a streetscape that mediates between the commercial character of Mission Avenue and the residential scale of the California bungalows surrounding the project.

Siegman & Associates provided parking and traffic analyses for the project. The work included a parking inventory and occupancy study, preparing a shared parking analysis, and crafting a parking management plan. This required accommodating the site’s existing use (parking for a convalescent hospital), the project’s future residents and customers, and public parking for nearby businesses and Metro Gold Line commuters. These demands are met by two levels of subterranean parking, which provide 280 shared spaces.

Siegman & Associates also prepared traffic analyses and peer-reviewed the traffic studies prepared for the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Our review found that the EIR had failed to account for the project’s transit-adjacent and mixed-use setting. The EIR therefore overstated likely traffic impacts. Siegman & Associates then represented the project (which at the time was the subject of heated controversy) at its approval hearings.

Mission Meridian Village was unanimously approved in June 2002 and completed construction in 2005. It has garnered numerous awards, including being selected as an Outstanding Transit-Oriented Development Project in America by the Urban Land Institute, and earning a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Images courtesy of Moule and Polyzoides