Alhambra Director of Public Works Mary Chavez told the Pasadena Star-News that a Main Street construction project will not negatively affect local businesses negatively the way it did recently in South Pasadena.
Alhambra has contacted local businesses via post cards, letters, and visits from city staff, according to Chavez, about the ongoing repaving project. "We have assured them that we are working to get the project done as quickly and with as little impact on them as possible," Chavez told the Star-News.
Mark Paulson, current president of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce and a former mayor, noted that city officials are known to be business friendly. "The city is usually very good when it comes to these major projects," he told the Star-News. "I think working day and night will help avoid some of the headaches these types of projects have had in other communities."
The $2.3 million repavement project on Main Street, which began in September, is scheduled to run till the end of December with major closures and constructions starting in early October. The Star-News reports that the project is scheduled to begin October 3 on the eastern side of the city’s Main Street, from the city limit to Second Street. On October 10, the area between Palm Avenue and the city's western limit will be under construction. Construction will move to the segment between Palm Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard on October 17.
The segment between Second Street and Atlantic Boulevard is scheduled to be repaved after the completion of a several redevelopment projects. The owners of the projects have agreed to pay a fee for the postponement, Chavez said.
A similar project has been underway in South Pasadena this summer and has had a major impact on businesses located on Fair Oaks Avenue. The construction along Fair Oaks was badly mishandled Gretchen Robinette, one of the city’s community leaders, told the Star-News. “It was handled in such a way that merchants had to be closed during construction,” she said. “It looks like some may be going out of business because of it.”