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Goodbye Edwards Cinema, hello huge county office building


700 West Main Street
Alhambra , CA United States

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday evening $1,000,000 to develop a new Community Development Commision headquarters at 700 West Main Street. The CDC, which was created from three different agencies in 1982, serves as the county's affordable housing and community and economic development agency. The new building, which would be energy efficient, would consolidate three existing buildings located elsewhere in LA County, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Alhambra was chosen for its affordability, convenience to downtown county offices, and public transit options. Sean Rogan, executive director of the Community Development Commission, told the Tribune that another important reason was a concentration of clients, most of whom are Section 8 tenants in the Alhambra area.

*** Update***

Also found the $11 million listing for the 700 West Main Street site.

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye Edwards Cinema, hello huge county office building”

  1. “A Resident” : What does “class it up” even mean? You want wealthier, prettier, WHITER people coming in? Why not just say that? The last I checked despite its creepy crawly “low income dwellers,” Alhambra is a pretty pleasant place to live with fairly low crime rates. Please, get yourself to South Pasadena, stat.

  2. Great. The city that has the highest rate of “affordable housing” (means cram as many immigrants — legal and otherwise — into as small as box possible now) has the agency’s headquarters.

    Can we please start “classing up” and bettering our city instead of staying on the same track of making it another Mecca for transients and low-income dwellers? Is anyone at Alhambra City Hall listening/

    1. Resident, your comment comes off as bitter, resentful, and blaming others for whatever problems you may be facing in your own life. Not to mention, your use of the term “classing up” veers toward class and racial warfare, and xenophobia.

      You need to be constructive with your criticism and attempt to solve the problem you think Alhambra is facing. Constructive means you say “I believe ________ BECAUSE X, Y, Z.

      Let’s start with the term “classing up.” What exactly do you mean by that phrase? You should want to control the interpretation rather than letting others assume the worst of you, which is what we will do. You need to state how you think the city government can work with what they have to “class up” the city?

      For example, you could have easily have stated: “I believe the city should focus on attracting the creative class as well as more yuppies and DINKs (Dual Income No Kids). To do that the city should (1) build grade separated bike lanes to allow people to traverse the city by bicycle to connect with mass transit (like the Metrolink at Cal State LA), ride to the farmer’s market, or do their local shopping by bike, all without fearing for their lives. Such amenities would go a long way toward attracting hipsters, young professionals, and the liberal creative class that businesses crave and would add to the city’s diversity. Moreover, as they tire of downtown L.A.’s seediness and start to have children, they will look for good schools and proximity to their jobs in L.A. (both of which Alhambra has) (2) the city should stop cutting beautiful street trees to look like palm trees. Sycamores, liquid ambers, and other trees are meant to branch out and shade streets, cars, and homes. No wonder why people think the homes in South Pas or Temple City are more beautiful than Alhambra. And (3) the city should hammer out a deal with the school district to turn school grounds into local city parks after school hours, on weekends, and during school recess. We lack neighborhood parks and the city and school district can work together to save costs.”

      Without being constructive, you are apt to be ignored or your comments panned for severe lack of thoughtfulness.

      BTW: I doubt the city is all that happy with the county’s plan. Notice how nobody from the city was quoted. Such a project doubly removes prime real estate from the tax coffers. The property will no longer provide city revenue from property nor sales taxes. The city has been pining for a developer to come along and redevelop the car wash property across the street for a number of years and I expect it will redouble its efforts now to replace that lost income.