Alhambra leadership is working to bring a Trader Joe's to a development which would replace Super A Food's at 300 Main Street. The proposed 10,000-square-foot supermarket would be located on the corner of Main and Fourth streets as part of a larger new mixed-use development.
“That market is the most critical point of the development, and it's really important because Alhambra is underserved by markets," Vice Mayor Barbara Messina said at the Alhambra Redevelopment Agency Meeting on Monday night. "It needs to be a market like a Trader Joe's or Bristol Farms, a market that is going to serve everybody. We do not need, and I don't mean this to be offensive, but we do not need an ethnic market there. ”
Developer Pacific Plaza Investment and designer Simon Lee and Associates Architects presented to the City Council Monday night a plan that consisted of a mixed-use residential condominium and commercial complex. It would house a four-story 118 residential units and a one-story 18,000 square feet of commercial space, including the new supermarket.
“It is incredible what is designed here,” City Manager Julio Fuentes said, noting the extent of commercial space that would be made available.
About 400 people would be housed in the condo units, according to the plan. In order to meet market requirements, the units will consist of two, three, and four bedrooms. Future residents will have access to parking both below and above designated commercial parking. In addition, residents will have access to a recreation room, green areas with fountains, and other amenities. Energy will be powered, in part, by 300 solar panels on the roof.
The development plan still needs the approval of the Design Review Board, which will review it in late October, and the Planning Commission which will receive the proposed plan after that. Construction on the site is tentatively scheduled to begin fall 2012.