Friday, June 10, 2011, by Neal Broverman
The Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa was supposed to be one of the first Measure R projects to break ground and a “ceremonial” groundbreakingactually happened a year ago. San Gabriel Valley officials lobbied hard for this line, saying they wouldn’t support Measure R unless it was fast-tracked. Their argument for why this line should get priority over, say, the Westside subway, was that the Construction Authority already owned the right-of-way and there was no local resistance, so it was good to go. Fast-forward to now–for the line to actually start construction, the Gold Line Construction Authority needs tosecure a maintenance facility. They found a plot of land in Monrovia, but a landowner, whose property could be seized by eminent domain for the project, has filed suit.
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