MONROVIA, Calif.—On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, the Monrovia City Council voted in favor of a Letter of Intent to support Mt. Sierra College’s plan to build on the vacant land on the Southwest intersection of Myrtle and Huntington Drive.
Mt. Sierra College is currently located on the Northeast corner of the same intersection on 101 East Huntington Drive. The college’s current lease expires in two years and they plan to complete construction by 2015.
Considering that the building makes a unique statement and complements that area, the Council voted to support Mt. Sierra College’s plan.
According to the Monrovia Patch, Councilman Tom Adams said that some of the other proposals were more common around town, while there is only one Mt. Sierra College. He said: “It really makes a clean statement and a very impressive statement for that corner,” Adams said. “And it’s something you don’t get anywhere else.”
Other projects were also in the running for the same location and included a four-star hotel, a mixed-used retail and restaurant, and another restaurant/retail project that included 24-Hour Fitness.
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said she was torn between the hotel and the college. According to Lutz, a four-star hotel is something Monrovia does not have and it would generate significant revenue, reported the Monrovia Patch.
The new campus would feature a three-story, 32,000 square foot environmentally green building, including classrooms, an auditorium, a bookstore, offices, a roof top terrace, and up to two undisclosed retail uses.
Greg Kahwajian, Mt. Sierra board member, said Mt. Sierra College is looking at an expanded bookstore and hinted at possible other uses on site related to food and computers, added the Monrovia Patch.
The college had told the city that if they were unable to find another location soon, they might have to relocate outside of Monrovia.
“This location, in our opinion, is No. 1 for us,” Kahwajian said. “It is the only option we have spent any time considering”