13 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment A view of the home bought from Caltrans by the City of Pasadena[Updated] The city has purchased a home from Caltrans that was previously seized to make room for the 710 freeway extension.The three-bedroom home on Waverly Street in District 6 is currently being renovated.The home cost the city $305,000 but would have gone for more than $800,000 if it was sold at market value, according to Councilman Steve Madison.“I think that the lion’s share of the credit goes to our tremendous housing director, Bill Huang, who really is passionate about affordable housing,” Madison said.After the renovations are completed, The rooms will be rented to three women.According to Madison, the tenants will probably move into the house in April.Councilman Steve Madison credited the project to Pasadena Director of Housing Bill Huang, who he said is passionate about affordable housing.Huang received the green light from the City Manager that allowed the duo to negotiate with Caltrans. The state agency was open to the idea because the property was vacant and off the beaten path.According to Huang, it was hard to get information about the house.“It just it took a long time in the beginning,” Huang said. “We couldn’t get into the house, so we had to wait a long time to be able to do that. But finally, when we were able to do that, we were able to come to a good agreement with Caltrans and the transaction went through pretty seamlessly. So it was good. It just took a couple years to get there.”In the early 1960s, Caltrans seized more than 500 properties in Pasadena, South Pasadena and the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles through eminent domain in order to build a surface connector. After that effort died, transit officials attempted to go underground with a two-lane, barrel-shaped 4.5-mile-long tunnel, which also failed.Local politicians, residents and activists have been calling on Caltrans to sell the properties, most of which need renovations, at affordable rates.Caltrans has been renting out homes along the former 710 freeway extension corridor for decades and is now in the process of selling them to the longtime tenants who rented them, including nonprofit organizations.The state agency and the city is also at the beginning of a process that could result in the Caltrans turning over the 50 acre 710 stump between Pasadena and St. Johns avenues.The area housed minority areas before the homes were seized to make way for the freeway extension.The city is attempting to build more affordable housing units to offset skyrocketing housing costs.“It might be that we could acquire those homes and then sell them at market value and then use those monies to provide even more affordable housing,” Madison said. “I think we’ve got to look at these properties, you know, sort of one by one. The city does have staff that’s doing that and is trying to nudge Caltrans along, certainly in terms of the vacant ones to relinquish them as soon as possible.” First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Government City Buys Caltrans Home Three women will rent house By AARON HARRIS Published on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 7:54 pm Subscribe More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.