COVINA – The City Council delayed a vote for the second time on a senior-housing project at Tuesday night’s meeting and proposed setting up a meeting involving concerned citizens, executives of the senior home and other local backers of the project. Their aim, said Mayor John King, would be to try to reach a compromise that would address citizens’ concerns about the project’s increased density as well as the presence of tall buildings in a residential neighborhood. Residents of the neighborhood around the Masonic Homes complex, spoke out at a hearing two weeks ago expressing concerns for a proposed expansion of the retirement home. The complex is at 1650 E. Old Badillo St. and houses seniors from the centuries-old Freemasonry organization. Other concerns raised at the hearing were the potential removal of up to 250 trees, the installation of a 27-foot retaining wall, plus traffic, noise and dust from construction. City Council members echoed these concerns and some also complained that Masonic Homes would not sign a development agreement that could end up costing it around $72,000 a year in fees to the city. Councilwoman Meline Juarez said at Tuesday night’s meeting that based on communication she had received from Masonic since the last hearing, she felt the group was not willing to budge from its plans. “We asked Masonic to look at their plans and address the community’s concerns, and I am disappointed to see from this letter that they don’t seem to do that,” said Juarez. King set a preliminary schedule for the two sides to talk next week, and the council continued hearings on the project until Nov. 13. King said he hoped that the groups would be able to compile a report on a possible compromise on the project by that time. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 33-acre complex already has 56 units of senior housing, and the new project would add 171 units, and include four new apartment and activities buildings, eight town house and duplex structures, a skilled- nursing center, and a memory- care center. Masons hoping to move into the units came two weeks ago to speak in favor of the project. For the compromise meeting, King said he wanted Masonic Homes to bring only local supporters of the expansion. The concerns over the project have centered on two four-story buildings that would be built on a portion of the property that is now green space.
Council delays vote on housing, sets up meeting