Azusa's troubled Rosedale housing project to see new construction t...

Full story: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A new developer for a portion of the Rosedale project plans to jump start the stalled housing project and build new homes this year, officials said.
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yep

AOL

#3 Jul 12, 2010
I feel for those who have purchased homes in Rosedale...paying big $$$ in association fees for amenities that never materialized. I welcome a jump start to the project.
bzguy1

Burbank, CA

#4 Jul 12, 2010
Again it's speculation, developer is calulating demand in the area which I give them credit.
No help from the lowlife city councils, their so inept, they hope and pray things would be build,
but they don't factor in the demand, so now what you see in Azusa is empty lots and hobos walking around.
With that who want to build and live in a community like that..
KEVIN HOLLINGSWORTH

Fountain Valley, CA

#5 Jul 12, 2010
I am not a developer, but know many involved in construction. Outrageous permit fees and other "soft" costs, as well as absurd environmental regulations contribute to the high cost of construction. If state & local governments want to encourage construction, they need to reduce fees & regulations to reasonable levels.
Beenjamin

United States

#6 Jul 12, 2010
Great, new housing for the gangs. What, the old ones were too bullet ridden? Who will dare to ban their relatives from moving in and be labled a racist? Lots of luck! See se puede deport!
Jack D

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Jul 12, 2010
1. The Azusa Unified School District is in the bottom third of California schools with at least one school- Valleydale in the lowest 5%. Who would purchase real property in such a poorly performing district? These homes with postage stamp-sized lots were starting at around $1.2 million when newly constructed.
2. The Rosedale development is subject to community development bond requirements-(Mello-Roos.) On top of these fees, there is the HOA fee.
3. Both the school district and city are troubled by ego-driven and ineffective leasders.
arborview

Azusa, CA

#8 Jul 12, 2010
The article forgot to mention the people that bought into the project before the housing trouble. The first buyers at Rosedale see their property value; in the negatives owning more than what the house is worth and with no ammenties or help from any of the developers...
arborview

Azusa, CA

#9 Jul 12, 2010
The Arges group was a consultant for GMAC and now an investor at Roasedale...

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#10 Jul 12, 2010
I for one am glad to see development restarting at Rosedale. I am glad they did the right thing when they found native artifacts there. I look forward to our city moving ahead with Target, Rosedale, the Gold Line, and our new downtown.
Capitan Obvious

San Gabriel, CA

#13 Jul 12, 2010
"Arges Group is in the process of updating plans to comply with building codes before construction can start, Miller said."

Is that a euphemism for "We are downsizing the homes to make up for the lost profits we didn't make because we were late to the drunken housing party. We took out everything that was put in to make it look like paying $800,000 was worth it....Now we want to try and put in as little as possible to hit the FHA numbers. It would be nice if we stuck to my idea of palming these off on "investors" and flippers in 500-600 range, but some bean counter at the corporate office said to make all of the pads clear the FHA hurdle so we can wash our hands of this disaster."?

It would also be nice to know if they had any intention of modifying the tract maps.

You might also want to clarify if any of the sales from September mentioned were foreclosed or short sales.
Aniki

Huntington Beach, CA

#14 Jul 12, 2010
If you live there, tell your friends to take the scenic route off Sierra Madre...because 9th street doesn't leave a good first impression.

Sorry to the early adopters...
yep

AOL

#15 Jul 12, 2010
Aniki wrote:
If you live there, tell your friends to take the scenic route off Sierra Madre...because 9th street doesn't leave a good first impression.
Sorry to the early adopters...
I agree....nothing like driving through the projects to get to your $800,000 house. In my opinion 8th street to 9th street off Pasadena could use a good bulldozing. Thank God someone finally initiated weed abatement at Rosedale...It was starting to look like an old ghost town. Well it actually could be mistaken as one...

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#16 Jul 12, 2010
High density units are breeding grounds for trouble and probably should only be used for the elderly and Veterans. More single family dwellings is what we need. If money is used to help lower income people, it should not be for high density units.
Rosebomb

Norwalk, CA

#17 Jul 12, 2010
Who in their right mind would buy in the Rosebomb for top dollar when there is a glut of "short sale" and "foreclosed" available in every city of the San Gabriel Valley. This is nothing more than the city council and city manager putting out more lies because election time is coming at the end of the year. Mayor Rocha, Councilmen Carrillo and Macias are all up for re-election. They have to preach things are going to get better if they want to stay in office. They all sat on their duff for 3 1/2 years and now all of a sudden things are starting to get better, are Azusans that stupid to believe this. Parents are now transferring their kids to Glendora School District with the free choice of school district act. Wake up you morons, I think the snake oil salesman is in town.
Azusa Resident

La Puente, CA

#18 Jul 12, 2010
You hit the nail on the head, or rather the firing cap on the (rose)bomb. Glendora's District of Choice or Azusa Unified? Which do you choose?

Is that blast from Vulcan clearing that mountain, or gunfire between gangs?
Oh how I love

Azusa, CA

#19 Jul 14, 2010
Jack D wrote:
These homes with postage stamp-sized lots were starting at around $1.2 million when newly constructed.
Love these out of towners that like to babble, but have no idea what they're saying. The smallest homes started in the $400K range, the MOST EXPENSIVE of the LARGEST (north of Sierra Madre) went as high as $1.2 million.

That was still way too high, but can we please keep the psychotic exaggerations safely stored in your rear-end? And try not talking from there anymore? Thank you!

And the comments about gang-bangers and war zones sound really stupid coming from anyone in the Greater LA area, let alone LA itself. You're not kiddin anyone except for yourself....
Back2 Drawing Board

Azusa, CA

#20 Jul 14, 2010
Aniki wrote:
If you live there, tell your friends to take the scenic route off Sierra Madre...because 9th street doesn't leave a good first impression.
Sorry to the early adopters...
They should connect the much nicer TENTH STREET through the development while they still can. One of Azusa's problems is lack of connectivity between many of its streets. Why they didn't connect through 10th (just to please a few cranky people, the ex-mayor included?) in the first place is just plain dumb. The development agreement still allows them to do it, so they should while it's still possible.
Opinion

United States

#22 Jul 26, 2010
Truth is that it's a nice area and there's demand for those homes. I know lots of friends/family who would love to get in at the 500-600k range. It's also true about the schools though. Azusa must provide the Rosedale and Mountain Cove residents with good schools exclusive to their communities or buyers will not come. Regardless, it's a beautiful area with great views.
Roberto

Azusa, CA

#23 Jul 26, 2010
I have lived in the area for decades. Azusa has always been a sewage pit. It will never change.

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#24 Jul 26, 2010
I think we can make it better.
Opinion

Covina, CA

#25 Jul 26, 2010
It's already better. Open your eyes

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