PASADENA – Standard Pacific Homes has pulled out of the Ambassador West project, leaving developers Dorn Platz looking for another builder for 70 condominiums planned for the prime 19.72-acre site. Dorn Platz President Greg Galletly was out of the office Thursday, but he confirmed through a spokeswoman that Standard Pacific has left the project and that the firm is looking for a replacement. Ted McKibbin, president of Standard Pacific Homes in Orange County, did not return two calls for comment on why the company left the project. Dorn Platz is the third developer in eight years to propose a project on part of the former Ambassador College campus. The major feature of the complicated project, which was approved by the City Council in April, will be a six-story, 440,000- square-foot Sunrise Senior Living complex, now the subject of an ongoing lawsuit filed by Harvest Rock Church. The church, which owns and operates from the Ambassador Auditorium, claimed in its May 4 lawsuit that Dorn Platz illegally received city permission to build the 248 senior- and assisted-living units adjoining the Ambassador Auditorium because it encroached on church property. Both parties were involved in mediation in June, but did not reach agreement. Standard Pacific’s withdrawal from Ambassador West will have no effect on the project’s planning entitlements, said Darrell Cozen, senior planner with the city. Dorn Platz “just needs someone to build out what’s been approved, and the next step will be architectural design,” Cozen said. “There had been elevations and preliminary floor plans presented for review” by Standard Pacific. Cozen said the builders’ withdrawal could slow things down, but that it wasn’t unusual for changes in projects as they go through the process. “They have been proceeding speedily in spite of the lawsuit,” Cozen said. “We’re working on 50percent review – halfway between concept and final design – and will probably have it in January or February.” In addition to the senior-living facility and condos, Ambassador West will include 46 apartments in existing buildings – including affordable units – in a project that would preserve 72percent of the landscaped site as open space. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!