The Affinity Mixed-Use Project to Bring Added Senior Living, Medical Office Space to Pasadena

Pasadena, The Affinity, Adept Urban, The Kutzer Company, Los Angeles, Huntington Hospital, Whole Foods

By Catherine Sweeney 

A proposed mixed-use development is making its way through the City of Pasadena’s entitlement process, most recently going before the planning commission in July. The development by The Kutzer Company, would add a mix of senior housing units and medical office use along Arroyo Parkway. 

The project, also called The Affinity, is being designed by architecture firm Adept Urban and would consist of two buildings located at 555 Arroyo Parkway. A five-level underground parking garage with space for up to 850 parking spaces is also included in project plans. 

The first of the two buildings would reach seven stories and include 154,000 square feet of medical office use with ground floor commercial uses as well. The second building would total Building 184,376 square feet and include up to 95 senior housing units. Of the total square footage, the building would include 85,800 square feet of assisted living uses and 98,576 square feet of independent living uses. 

Included is the development plan is also the ability to exchange the medical office uses for up to 197 residential dwelling units with 3,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

“Adept sees 555 Arroyo as the optimal location for the first upscale senior housing development in Pasadena alongside a vibrant and central retail space. Senior housing plans consist of studio, 1, and 2-bedroom apartment homes. This project aims to address the housing needs of a notably large and underserved aging population in Pasadena and the broader Los Angeles area,” a landing page for the project on Adept’s website states. 

The project site is located two blocks from the light rail and near Huntington Hospital and Whole Foods Market. Currently, the site is developed with nine buildings – including the Whole Foods building, which would be retained. Six of the total buildings would be demolished to make way for the project, while the other three would remain onsite. 

While meeting with the Pasadena Planning Commission in July, the project will return for further deliberation this month. Once approved, the completed project is anticipated to open in 2025 or 2026.