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Goodbye old Alhambra library; hello live-work "shopkeeper flats"


410 W Main Street
Alhambra , CA United States

The first steps toward replacing the old library site with the construction of 30 townhouses, 58 flats, and 8,600 square feet of retail space were taken on Monday. City officials joined representatives of City Ventures, a Santa Ana-based developer, to break ground  on the "Main Street Collection." 

The townhouses should be completed within months, according to Bill McReynolds, vice president of development at City Ventures. Sales will begin in March, with prices starting in the mid $400,000-range.

A rendering of the Main Street Collection | City VenturesThe flats and retail spaces have a longer time frame because construction will not begin until a subterranean lot has been built below them. Some will be “shopkeeper flats,” meaning owners can use the space for both business and residential purposes.

City Ventures has planned for 400 parking spaces, with two spaces allotted to each residence. The townhomes will each have a parking garage, while homeowners in the flats will park in the subterranean lot.

The project went under way after City Venture bought the old library for $4.55 million. (Read more about this development and others on Main Street here.) Citing Alhambra’s burgeoning “urban lifestyle,” McReynolds said that the living spaces should attract young couples, or families looking to downsize from a larger home. “It should appeal to someone who wants options for nightlife, but also wants that urban feel,” McReynolds said. “Alhambra offers that; it’s a vibrant city.”

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4 thoughts on “Goodbye old Alhambra library; hello live-work "shopkeeper flats"”

  1. What kind of retail stores are being targeted for the spaces? I walked on Main street this last Saturday evening and saw that almost every small business east of Garfield has closed.

    I’m sure our redevelopment funds and threats of eminent domain to the nearby properties have spurred growth but what about the existing shops and stores that are no longer rented?

    1. Its currently unknown what kinds of retail shops will be put up. The developers said that they needed to finish some of the construction before they could pitch the space to retailers.

  2. It was sad to see the perfectly good old library demolished to make room for another monstrosity. Would it not be better to have saved the library for other uses, or lease to a company like Trader Joes. The wrong building was torn down, the Super A Food Store is ugly and would of been a better choice to remove from Main Street. I wonder who would be crazy enough to pay $400K for a townhouse next to Super A with a filthy recycling business in the parking lot. I guess it is just a matter of time until Super A is replaced by another huge mixed use building.

  3. Alhambra is changing so fast. I remember going to story time at that library. I hope the retail space will also include known brand-name stores. The condo complex right next to it doesn’t really have any stores that I’ve heard of before. Also, I understand Alhambra’s Asian community has grown significantly in the passed 10 years, but lets not only cater to one population!