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New Alhambra Place mixed-use development to break ground this fall

Almost five years after Mervyn’s closed, construction for a new mixed-used development at Alhambra Place will break ground this fall, reports the Pasadena Star-News.

Real estate developer Shea Properties presented to City Council in May a design for the project at Garfield Avenue and Main Street, which includes a residential complex with 260 luxury apartments and 140,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. The design also includes surface parking and a five-story parking structure.

Construction on the retail half of the project will begin in fall 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by summer 2015, Shea Properties Vice President of Development and Acquisitions Andres Friedman told the Star-News. Construction on the residential half will begin in spring 2015 and the apartments will be available in fall 2016. 

While Shea Properties is in negotiations to fill the retail spaces, Friedman said the developer intends to bring in an organic market and quick-serve restaurants, according to the Star-News.

Read the full story from the Pasadena Star-News.

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5 thoughts on “New Alhambra Place mixed-use development to break ground this fall”

  1. That part of Main Street is pretty darn crowded with cars and nearby apartments already, I really do not want to see another high wall of “260 luxury apartments” jamming in there. I still want to see sunshine…

  2. Not sure why my previous comments can’t be public. After rereading the Star News article, I still have some concerns, and I agree with the person who’s running for City Council (Sunada?) that we are overbuilding. Here are my concerns:

    (1) Why is there no mention of affordable housing in this project? I was under the impression that ALL new development of this kind is required to include a certain percentage that’s low cost. And it should.

    (2) Do we REALLY need any more fast-serve (read: fast food, junk food, unhealthy) restaurants? I for one will NEVER eat at any of them.

    (3) Is there any reason why ALL of these developments (in Alhambra and elsewhere) have to look alike? Southern California at one time had many beautiful Spanish Colonial residences and commercial buildings. Some still exist, and in many cities, they are valued. Not so in Alhambra, it seems.

    1. Hi Linda, thank you for your comment. Do you mean that you previously posted comments that did not show up on the site? Would you mind letting me know to which comments you are referring? Thank you, Nasrin A.

      1. Nasrin, when I read this article yesterday, I saw that I had commented on it and that (see above) “The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.” Now that I reread the statement, I might have been mistaken. I just don’t know the definition of “content of this field).

  3. I am very very excited about this. I also had no idea they would try to bring an organic market to this property. That would be even more awesome.

    I would like to thank the city council for their hard work on getting this project going.

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