December 19, 2016
PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Caltrans has started
to sell off 42 homes it bought decades ago in anticipation of the
planned State Route 710 extension through Pasadena, South Pasadena and
“The selling of these properties — that have been owned by
the state for six decades — is about keeping our promise to the
community to help it create a neighborhood they can be proud of,” said
California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly.
The properties were purchased to be demolished, as part of
the plan to clear the area and extend the 710 Freeway from Valley
Boulevard in Alhambra to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena. Decades of delays
and legal challenges derailed the freeway extension, and Caltrans is now
exploring other options, including a tunnel, a light rail system or a
The properties going up for sale are among 460 the
department owns along the proposed State Route 710 Corridor but are
outside the scope of any current plans under consideration, Caltrans
officials have said previously.
Notices of conditional offers were mailed Friday to the
current occupants of the 42 residential properties that will be sold as
part of the Affordable Sales Program.
Eligible occupants will have the opportunity to purchase the
homes at discounted prices. The department will also provide affordable
rental options for eligible occupants and establish a trust fund for
future affordable housing programs.
“This is a major step toward returning these properties to
both the community and to the families who may have a chance at being a
homeowner for the first time,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.