Alhambra City Council announced Monday evening they will be holding a study session on Sept. 30 to review a preliminary development plan for Alhambra Place, the retail plaza on Main Street and Garfield Avenue that has been mostly vacant since Mervyn’s closed in 2009. The study session is part of Alhambra's Strategic Plan, a set of six-month objectives for Alhambra staff and City Council.
While the study session agenda has not been finalized, City Manager Mary Swink says it will be a brainstorming meeting between staff and the City Council. The meeting will also be open to public comment. "Mostly, it's just information we can talk about, kick some ideas around," Swink said.
A tenant is interested in moving in to the space, according to Director of Development Tara Schultz. She could not give further details.
Former Alhambra City Manager Julio Fuentes explained in January that the city has been attempting to facilitate negotiations between with the owner of Alhambra Place and potential buyers. "The issue right now is that the property is for sale, but what the owners want in terms of property value is much different than what the retail development communities are willing to pay," Fuentes said. "It isn’t because the city hasn’t done anything to move the project forward."
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City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of the City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The special study session regarding Alhambra Place will be on Monday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 pm at the Alhambra Civic Center Library.