A new McDonald's, and potentially Panda Express, Starbuck’s Coffee, Waba Grill, Wing Stop, could be coming to the corner of Commonwealth and Date neighboring Albertson's.
At Monday night’s Alhambra City Council meeting, CFT Development, which has developed strip malls and freestanding buildings for Panda Express, discussed the potential tenants including McDonald’s who has already committed to the project and is currently negotiating a lease. CFT, the sister company of the Panda Restaurant Group Inc., has owned the property for more than 20 years.
CFT representatives addressed the council stating that this proposed project will be dining oriented with food courts and restaurants. They stated that the site also is a long-term holding project for a retail community.
The proposed development may also lead to an increase in jobs for youth, the Pasadena Star-News reported. "It will hopefully lead to some hourly rate jobs and part-time jobs going to young people, or others looking for part-time work," City Manager Julio Fuentes said. He also said there would be new construction jobs and upper management positions.
It has not been made clear how much in-kind or financial assistance the city will be giving to the developer. The proposed project may necessitate the sale of some city-owned property adjacent to the site, Fuentes said.
The proposed development project is still in progress. “We need to see more names before we proceed,” said Councilman Stephen Sham.