Pasadena is now considering allowing private events at the historic Maxwell House – Pasadena

The city of Pasadena will consider granting a conditional use permit to the nonprofit Western Justice Center, allowing it to host private events at the historic Maxwell House, a city-owned property that the center has occupied since 1989. The permit would allow the center to host private events. weddings, parties and other events for up to 175 people.

The city’s Planning and Community Development Department recommended approval of the permit, saying in a staff report that revenue from the proposed events “would allow the WJC to continue to maintain the property” and offer below-market rental rates to other non-profit organizations.

Built in 1929, the Maxwell House is part of a four-building campus north of the former Vista Del Arroyo Hotel.

The WJC’s mission is “to increase opportunities for peaceful conflict resolution to displace the power of violence in society,” the report said. It said the events would be “ancillary to the existing office use and would constitute a negligible addition.”

Wednesday’s hearing is part of the city’s standard approval process for conditional use permits.

Under the proposed licensing conditions, events would be limited to Saturdays and Sundays between 9am and 11pm, with a maximum of 28 events per year. Amplified music is only allowed indoors and must end by 10:00 PM

The city’s zoning code requires a conditional use permit for clubs, lodges and private meeting rooms in areas designated for public and semi-public use. Some area residents had raised concerns about noise and parking, according to the staff report, which also concluded that the use, subject to change, “will be compatible with existing and future land uses.” It said the permit would be consistent with the city’s General Plan and would not be detrimental to the health, safety and general well-being of people in the immediate area.

The WJC assumes responsibility for the maintenance, preservation and restoration of the Maxwell House and three other historic buildings on campus that are under lease with the city. The events would allow visitors and locals to enjoy the monument, according to the staff report.

“The services of local small businesses and vendors will be used for the events, which will benefit the local community and contribute to the success of local businesses,” the report said.

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