Why the Monastery's Work Matters
Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center is owned by The Passionists of Holy Cross Province. Religious retreats have been held on the site since 1926, and various ecumenical groups and recovery programs also come to Mater Dolorosa for their programs.
The proposed sale of the vacant southern portion of the parcel will generate funds for the Provinces’ ministry programs across America and internationally, and for the care of its senior priests and brothers, who now have an average age of 77. One such ministry program is Mater Dolorosa’s Food Ministry. Each week, the Retreat Center’s staff prepares, packages, and delivers over 1,000 meals to people in Sierra Madre and nearby communities who previously received meals from programs that have been suspended because of COVID-19.
The proposed Meadows at Mater Dolorosa will help the Passionists and the Retreat Center continue to serve the Sierra Madre community for another 100 years.
The City of Sierra Madre has released The Meadows’ Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Specific Plan. The Draft EIR is a complete, independent review of the plans for 42 new, solar-powered homes and a new city park to be built on underutilized land at Mater Dolorosa. The Specific Plan provides details on architecture, landscaping and other elements of plans for The Meadows.
The hundreds of pages of environmental studies show The Meadows meets all rigorous State and City requirements for environmental quality. And when it comes to traffic, water, and fire safety, The Meadows is designed to be the most sustainable project in Sierra Madre history, with all impacts found to be less than significant.
Thoughtfully Planned and Carefully Designed
Currently, City rules allow for a large-scale institutional development on the Monastery property, such as a 350-bed congregate facility, assisted living, or even a high school. These sorts of high-impact facilities are not the ideal scenarios for the residents of Sierra Madre.
As a result, the Retreat Center has determined that a thoughtfully planned and carefully designed community of single-family homes, alongside open space and a new community park would be the best fit for the mission of the Retreat Center and will reduce impacts on our neighbors as much as possible.
For the Community
The Monastery property creates the opportunity for a proposed 3-acre public park for Sierra Madre residents and 42 single family homes. The Retreat Center will continue to host spiritual programs and the open space to the north of the retreat center will be dedicated to the City of Sierra Madre as permanently preserved open space.
The project also proposes a direct connection between the new public park and Bailey Canyon Wilderness park, providing enhanced connectivity and overflow parking for park users.
The design will preserve Sierra Madre’s history. Several architectural firms have been tasked with ensuring highly diverse variable and high-quality designs that reflect Sierra Madre’s home design heritage, and local experts with experience in Sierra Madre are going to be used throughout the project.
Sierra Madre Park
Our team has been working with the Sierra Madre community to ensure residents are up to date on our plans.
Engaged with 200+ local residents | 7+ community meetings | 6+ organizations
Minimize traffic impacts
Provide passive park amenities to reduce noise and traffic
Ensure a high-quality development
Address impacts to wildlife
Study wildfire and evacuations
Above all: Critical for the project to achieve Sierra Madre Quality