Monday, April 16, 2012

Auto Center Drive development on Claremont Planning agenda

The Claremont Planning Commission will meet tomorrow night, April 17, to review a conditional use permit for a new martial arts studio to be located in the Claremont Promenade shopping center.

The proposed new business is part of the city's continued efforts to revitalize the shopping centers along Auto Center Drive.

If approved, Tao Martial Arts Center will take its place just west of the new Super King Markets and a soon-to-be-built Chase Bank with drive-thru, which received approval in January. The bank will be located on the southwest corner of Auto Center Drive and Indian Hill Boulevard.

The commission will also be presented with an update on the San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study.The study corresponds with an act passed by Congress in 2003, requesting that the National Park Service evaluate whether any section of that surrounding area might be eligible to be a part of the national park system.

Since that time, a special resource study and community feedback sessions have been conducted on how to proceed. In February, the city drafted a letter of support with its recommendations for the option that includes a city-owned area of the Foothills, in hopes of continued maintenance of the city's undeveloped land.

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 225 W. Second St. To view the full agenda, visit

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