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End comes for Alhambra Redevelopment Agency

The Alhambra Redevelopment Agency will cease to exist as of February 1, like dozens of others throughout the state, and the city is charged with selling off assets and finding a successor agency. 

City Manager Fuentes told the Star-News that two of three current redevelopment projects may be in jeopardy: Alhambra Place, the site of the former Mervyn's building which has been vacant since 2009; and the commercial development at Fremont Plaza. The Howard Street Townhome units, an affordable housing project off of Main Street, should be protected if a successor Housing Agency takes over the project, as he is recommending. The city would assume the debt obligations, but would not receive revenue from the project. 

Fuentes said he does not know how many Alhambra employees will lose their jobs. About a half dozen city employees are paid through the agency. Some have dual appointments, including Fuentes, where the payment supplements other positions.

Monterey Park will probably have to lay off about 10 employees, West Covina between 40 and 60 employees, snd Covina could lay off six to 10 employees, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Los Angeles voted Wednesday to discard its redevelopment agency and its 192 employees, LA Times reports.  

The role of redevelopment agencies has been hotly debated as the state attempts to fix its budget. Proponents say that the agencies are instrumental in turning blighted areas into vibrant business centers. 

"Redvelopment has created value where there was no value before that. You look at our Toys R Us There was no value attached to that property. You look at the two parking structures we built," Councilwoman Messina said at Monday's City Council Meeting. "We created value for our city."

Opponents, however, say that tax revenue that was supposed to be directed for blighted areas has now been used as a general development fund. The Governor determined that these funds would be better directed toward schools and other public services.

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3 thoughts on “End comes for Alhambra Redevelopment Agency”

  1. The end of redevelopment agencies doesn’t mean the end of economic development here in Alhambra or anywhere else…

    Adam, you may want to visit the City of Alhambra website regarding ARA redevelopment projects. Affordable housing information is also available.

    http://www.cityofalhambra.org/government/city_clerk/documents.html

  2. Is there any data about what affordable housing was built or subsidized in Alhambra as a result of the CRA funds?

    Most of what I’ve read about are business grants and support for the redevelopment of Main Street from Atlantic Blvd eastward.

  3. From the south end

    One of the lucrative by-products from these “Redevelopment Agencies”, is the cash-flow from developers to politicians (and politicians-to-be).

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