Plans Submitted for La Crescenta Motel Property


Plans for a project have been filed with Los Angeles County Regional Planning on the parcel where the La Crescenta Motel is located at the northwest corner of Foothill Boulevard and Briggs Avenue.

The plan is for a new five-story, 81-unit multifamily development, including six units restricted to extremely low-income households earning up to 30% of the Area Median Income (ADI). There will be 96 parking spaces provided in a surface lot. The applicant will utilize a 53% density bonus, as well as waivers for height, reduced rear yard landscaping, reduced parking and reduced ground floor transparency, according to the Dept. of Regional Planning.

Members of the Crescenta Valley Land Use Community (LUC) have requested more information concerning the planned development. The members are also inviting the architect to meet with them to get an idea of what the new units will look like and what is planned.

To many in the area the motel property is part of the Crescenta Valley. Once called the May Lane motel, it was build around 1946 by Glen Hine and named for his children Maynard and Alane. Hine died in 1964 and the business stayed in the family until it was sold in the early 2000s to Tony Talisse, a La Cañada homebuilder. At the time Talisse had at planned a condominium complex but after meeting with local residents decided to build an assisted living facility; however, due to the economy of the time that plan was halted. The motel property has been through several developing ideas but nothing had been built.

Over the years the motel has been the site for many films and television shows including “The X-Files,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the pilot for “Supernatural” and “Win a Date with Ted Hamilton.”

LUC members will continue to follow the progress of the proposed development.