ArtCenter College of Design Master Plan

Posted on October 26, 2017 in , , , ,


Update (January 11, 2018):

ArtCenter is hosting two general information sessions for the community where ArtCenter staff will review the proposed Master Plan and address general concerns.  The meetings will be held:

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    • Hillside Campus, Faculty Dining Room
    • 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    • South Campus, Suite 200
    • 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

The community is invited to attend either meeting.  ArtCenter requests that attendees RSVP by Friday, January 12 at:  If you have questions, please contact Jered Gold at (626) 396-2251 or

Please note, these meetings are being held and facilitated by ArtCenter, not the Planning & Community Development Department. The meetings do not replace any of the upcoming hearings on the Master Plan, its related entitlements, and the environmental analysis of the project.

Update (December 19, 2017):

The comment period to receive comments on the Draft EIR concluded on December 18, 2017.  City staff and the environmental consultant are now working on responses to all comments received, to be included in the Final EIR for the Master Plan project.  Staff expects to present the Final EIR, along with the proposed Master Plan and related entitlements, to the Planning Commission and City Council for their consideration in Spring 2018.

Update (December 11, 2017):

The comment period to receive comments on the Draft EIR has been extended one week, from Monday, December 11, 2017 to Monday, December 18, 2017.

Project Address:  

South Campus: 870, 888, 950, and 988 South Raymond Avenue and 1111 South Arroyo Parkway

Hillside Campus: 1700 Lida Street

Case Manager:

David Sinclair – Email  

Project Description:

The ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter) proposes a 15-year Master Plan (the Project) that focuses growth on its South Campus, while providing for infrastructure improvements and building renovations on its Hillside Campus. The Project would be implemented in two phases, with Phase I occurring in the first five years of the Master Plan and Phase II occurring in the final ten years. It is anticipated that upon completion of the Project, total enrollment within ArtCenter would increase from its current enrollment of approximately 2,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) students to a maximum of 2,500 FTE students and increase faculty/staff from 753 faculty/staff members to approximately 994 faculty/staff members between the two campuses.

At the South Campus, the Project would include renovations to existing buildings, demolition of existing buildings and surface parking, construction of new buildings for student housing, construction of outdoor “quad” areas, and construction of a campus cycleway and mobility hub. Phase I work on the South Campus would occur at 950 S. Raymond Avenue, 988 S. Raymond Avenue, and 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway. The existing building at 950 S. Raymond Avenue would be renovated with a new mezzanine level, while the surface parking on 988 S. Raymond Avenue would be demolished in order to accommodate an eight-story building that would include student housing and other campus uses. A mobility hub, which would include a shuttle pick-up/drop-off area, bike parking, and a car sharing fleet, would be constructed. In addition, a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility may potentially be installed within the mobility hub. The existing building on 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway would be renovated, including the installation of one digital gallery on its eastern-facing façade; an eight-story building with student housing and other campus uses would replace existing surface parking. Phase I also includes construction of a large main “quad” area bridging over the Metro Gold Line and a subterranean tunnel under the Gold Line to connect the subterranean parking areas.

Phase II work on the South Campus would take place on 870 and 888 S. Raymond Avenue. The existing surface parking and building at 888 South Raymond Avenue, as well as the surface parking at 870 S. Raymond Avenue, would be demolished and replaced with four eight-story buildings that would include student housing and other campus uses, constructed over a common podium, which would include a “quad” area and subterranean parking.

Both Phases I and II include construction of portions of a cycleway throughout the South Campus. The proposed cycleway would serve as a campus circulation spine for pedestrians, cyclists, electric carts, and others, and would link all school buildings along S. Raymond Avenue.

On the South Campus, the properties located west of the Metro Gold Line are located within the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan. 950 and 988 S. Raymond Avenue are zoned PS (Public, Semi-Public) and 870 and 888 S. Raymond Avenue are zoned IG-SP-2-HL-56 (Industrial General, South Fair Oaks Specific Plan, Height Limit – 56 feet). A Zoning Map Amendment is proposed to change the zoning of 870 and 888 S. Raymond Avenue from IG-SP-2-HL-56 (Industry General, South Fair Oaks Specific Plan, Height Limit 56 feet) to PS (Public and Semi-Public). The property located east of the Metro Gold Line at 1111. S. Arroyo Parkway is located within the Central District Specific Plan and zoned CD-6 (Central District Specific Plan, Arroyo Corridor/Fair Oaks). A Zoning Map Amendment is proposed to change the zoning from CD-6 to PS.

Improvements within the Hillside Campus would include renovations, reconstruction, and additions to existing buildings, additional parking, installation of a CNG fueling facility and photovoltaic (PV) solar cell canopies within the parking lots, and modifications to campus access. The Hillside Campus is currently designated Institutional under the City’s General Plan and is mostly zoned PS (Public, Semi-Public) with an undeveloped portion zoned RS-2-HD (Single-Family Residential, 0-2 lots per acre, Hillside Overlay District); no development is proposed on the undeveloped portions of the Hillside Campus.

Documents Available for Review:

Initial Study (September 2016)

Notice of Preparation (September 2016)

Draft Environmental Impact Report (October 2017)

Notice of Availability and Notice of Special Public Hearing

Draft Environmental Impact Report (entire document, no appendices)

ArtCenter College of Design Master Plan Draft EIR (October 2017) Main Document

Draft Environmental Impact Report (individual chapters)

0. Cover and Table of Contents

I. Executive Summary

II. Introduction

III. Project Description

IV. Environmental Impact Analysis

IV.A. Aesthetics

IV.B. Air Quality

IV.C. Biological Resources

IV.D. Cultural and Tribal Cultural Resources

IV.E. Geology and Soils

IV.F. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

IV.G. Hazards and Hazardous Materials

IV.H. Hydrology and Water Quality

IV.I. Land Use

IV.J. Noise

IV.K. Public Services—Fire Protection

IV.L. Traffic

IV.M.1 Utilities and Service Systems—Water Supply and Infrastructure

IV.M.2 Utilities and Service Systems—Wastewater

IV.M.3 Utilities and Service Systems—Solid Waste

IV.M.4 Utilities and Service Systems—Energy

V. Alternatives

VI. Other CEQA Considerations

VII. References

VIII. Acronyms and Abbreviations

IX. List of Preparers

Draft Environmental Impact Report: Appendices

Appendix A__IS, NOP, & NOP Comment Letters

Appendix B__Lighting Study

Appendix C__Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Appendix D__Biological Resource Assessment

Appendix E__Cultural Resources

Appendix F__Geotechnical Reports

Appendix G__Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Appendix H__Water Resources Technical Report

Appendix I__Land Use Project Consistency Analysis

Appendix J __Noise Calculation Worksheets

Appendix K __Pasadena Fire Department Response Letter

Appendix L__Traffic Impact Analyses

Appendix M__WSA & Utility Infrastructure Technical Report—Water

Appendix N__Utility Infrastructure Technical Report—Wastewater

Appendix O__Energy Report and Calculations


Planning Commission (November 8, 2017). Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Report

Notice of Availability and Notice of Special Public Hearing