Transportation Officials Begin Selling Homes Along 710 Freeway Corridor

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A number of homes on Pasadena Avenue, just north of State Street, are among the 460 that Caltrans eventually will sell. Bought for the 710 Freeway project, which was never finished, some now sit unoccupied. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Transportation officials have begun the painstaking process of selling hundreds of houses acquired decades ago for a Los Angeles County freeway project that was never built.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Caltrans began buying empty lots, houses and apartments along the planned route of the 710 Freeway extension between Pasadena and Alhambra.

But decades of litigation and legislation stalled the 6.2-mile project before construction could begin, leaving transportation officials as landlords for 460 structures. The properties, most of which are occupied, range from modest cottages in El Sereno to Craftsman mansions on stately streets in South Pasadena.

Caltrans officials mailed preliminary information Friday to the tenants of the 42 properties that will be sold first, spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said. Tenants have three months to respond to the agency if they have any interest in buying their homes.

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