The narrow streets of Garvanza are lined with modest Craftsman-style bungalows – many using river rock from the nearby Arroyo Seco - as well as some grand Victorian-style homes and imposing churches. Tonight, the city’s Planning Department will hold a public hearing to help determine if a 45-block section Garvanza, located between Pasadena and northeast Highland Park, should be protected as a historic district. The public hearing – which will be followed up by other city meetings – is part of a more than decade-long effort bu preservationists to protect what they view as a treasure trove of historic architecture. “This is a longtime in coming,” said Nicole Possert with the Highland Park Heritage Trust.
If approved by the City Council, Garvanza would be included in an expanded Historic Preservation Overlay Zone that now covers much of Highland Park as well as a section of Montecito Heights. Preservation groups had originally wanted to create a separate preservation zone for Garvanza but budget cuts prompted city planners to propose that Garvanza and Highland Park share the historic zone, said Ken Bernstein with the Office of Historic Resources.
The expansion of the historic district across Garvana would require that any exterior changes to a home or commercial building comply with a set of guidelines to protect historic features. Many property owners won’t like this but preservationists argue that Garvanza is worthy of such protection.
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