In preparation for Gold Line rail service coming to Duarte, in 2013, the Duarte City Council adopted the Duarte Station Specific Plan, which envisioned a vibrant, mixed-use transit village that has a focus on residential uses, office, hospitality, and urban green space.
In 2016, the Metro Gold Line extension opened with six new stations serving five cities and dozens of destinations in the San Gabriel Valley. The rail line extends from Downtown Los Angeles, through Pasadena, and currently terminates in Azusa. The next phase of construction (which began in December 2017) will extend the Metro Gold Line to Montclair.
The area covered by the Specific Plan is 19.08 acres in size and is currently the location of three industrial manufacturing buildings. Adjacent land uses not included in the Specific Plan area are a residential neighborhood is to the west, a business park to the east, the 210 Freeway to the north, and the rail line, City of Hope and an Army Corps of Engineers basin to the south.
The Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line station is located on the southern border of the planning area, adjacent to Highland Avenue. The area’s proximity to rail, freeways and major streets makes it ideal for the sort of mixed-use development that can spur economic development and encourage transit ridership.