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Controversial All Saints Church expansion approved

All Saints Church A five-year controversy over new development in Pasadena's historic core ended Monday with unanimous City Council approval of four new buildings on the campus of All Saints Church.

The 3,500-member church adjacent to Pasadena City Hall will expand with a two-story, 14,000-square foot social hall along Euclid Avenue, a 12,000-square-foot youth center and coffee shop at the corner of Euclid and Walnut Street, plus two other buildings abutting the Westin Hotel and underground parking.

The construction area includes an asphalt parking lot, storage shed, mobile classroom and 6,000-square-foot day care center.

Historic preservationists feared that the contemporary structures proposed by All Saints would disrupt the 1920s aesthetic of the Civic Center, a national historic district that also includes the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and city library.

Church leaders and dozens of All Saints supporters who packed council chambers for a four-hour hearing said expansion was necessary to continue the church’s social justice mission, which has spawned the AIDS Service Center, Union Station Homeless Services and several youth advocacy programs.

Church members say they don’t have enough space for weddings, funerals and advocacy work.

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--Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: All Saints Church in Pasadena in 2005. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

 
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