Alhambra City Council discussed Monday a historic preservation ordinance in the city. Councilwoman Barbara Messina addressed concerns from residents regarding Alhambra's lack of policies on preserving historically significant sites in the city.
"From January 1986 to February 1992, Alhambra did have a historic preservation ordinance on the books as far as promoting the safeguard of landmarks and historic preservation," Messina said. "I am going to make it my responsibility to follow up and see what actions we will follow through and take up."
"It probably is the right time to start looking and having the discussion about what it is we need to do to preserve or not preserve depending on what the discussion leads to," Councilman Luis Ayala added. "I'm looking forward to having that discussion as well."
Chris Olson, president of the Alhambra Preservation Group, was hopeful after Monday's meeting. "I very much appreciate Councilmember Messina's efforts to explore and bring to light the information that Alhambra had a historic preservation ordinance in place for several years before it was allowed to lapse," Olson said. "And I was extremely pleased that she went on record to say that she is taking personal responsibility for moving this issue back into the forefront."
Nissan of Alhambra also presented Monday plans for a new auto dealership at 801 E. Main St. The current Nissan dealership at 726 E. Main St. will be used for used car sales and selling other brands, while the new proposed dealership will sell new Nissan cars, said Steve Craney from Goree Architects and Tony Kraatz from Kengraff Automotive Group.
Ayala, citing the staff report that said the 726 E. Main St. site "could be used for a new automobile dealership line in the future," asked if there were plans to sell either dealerships in the near future. Kraatz responded by saying that Nissan had no plans to sell.
"We're trying to continue to grow and acquire other dealerships in California," Kraatz said.
The Design Review Board will meet on July 8 to discuss Nissan's proposal and the Planning Commission will examine the proposal on Aug. 4, according to Craney.
Council also approved all items on the consent agenda — an agenda allowing multiple items to be addressed with one motion — including a five-year contract with Southland Transit to operate the Alhambra Community Transit and Senior Ride programs.
Weren't able to attend the meeting? You can watch it here. City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next regular meeting will be on July 14 at 5:30 and 7 p.m.