Paseo Colorado Gets Its Makeover

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Finally. Finally, the Paseo Colorado is getting a makeover. While it ain’t cheap, it is expected to be beautiful. The $70 million project will include demolition of the 150,000-square-foot Macy’s department store and an erection of a six-story, 179-room Hyatt Place hotel, a seven-story, mixed-use building, new retailers, and upgrades to storefronts, walkways, lighting, and landscaping. Huzzah!

The space, which was once named Plaza Pasadena, has existed since 1980; and while many companies have attempted to revitalize the area, none has lived up to the city’s expectations.

“It was originally designed to revitalize that part of town but it was done in a way that offended people because it blocked that pedestrian linkage,” said Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek.

Today, the new project will focus on a more pedestrian-friendly area, adding walkways that will connect Colorado Blvd with Los Robles Ave.. Plus, it’s focus is on offering visitors a one-stop-spot to shop, eat, and spend time with family and friends. Which is why more retailers, including White House/Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Cicho’s, Soma, West Elm, and The Rose, a new dinner theater concept, are joining the Paseo Colorado family.

The hope? That “[t]his will become a dynamic kind of center — a real destination spot for people in Pasadena,” said Tornek.

Projected completion date is set for mid-2017.

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