Alhambra and Los Angeles County officials commemorated Wednesday the opening of the Community Development Commission/Housing Authority (CDC) building on Main Street and Atlantic Boulevard. L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and members of Alhambra City Council and Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon and declare the building officially open.
The Housing Authority moved to Alhambra from its former building in Monterey Park because it wanted a more central location in the county, according to CDC officials. “We have over 23,000 Section 8 voucher holders spread across L.A. County. Alhambra was the location centralized to them,” said CDC Executive Director Sean Rogan.
Although the CDC considered other cities in L.A. County, Rogan said the availability of public transportation, city services, and nearby amenities are the main reasons the commission chose Alhambra. “I think that when you look at Main Street and how they have developed this area in and around Main Street, they have really created a walking community,” he said. “I can tell you that at lunchtime here, you will see the employees taking advantage of the shops and restaurants in walking distance. They are patronizing the business.”
The CDC fully opened for business at the former location of the Edwards Theater on Dec. 26, 2012. The three-level, 120,000-square foot building houses over 500 employees, some of whom have chosen to move to Alhambra.
“I know folks have made some personal decisions and moved closer to or into Alhambra," Rogan said. "I know some of the employees are taking advantage of the Alhambra School District. So it’s really been a win-win for everyone."
Alhambra Councilwoman Barbara Messina emphasized the CDC’s role in revitalizing Alhambra’s business district. “We understood the importance of getting this corner back as a viable corner,” she said during the press conference. “It had been underutilized for so many years with the theater.”
The building, which has received a U.S. Green Building Council Gold Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), will also serve as a home to the University of California Cooperative Extension program, which provides classes and resources to seniors and low-income families, including financial literacy courses and family counseling.