A letter writing campaign urging the owners of the Alhambra Place to develop the Main Street property has been suspended, according to the director of the downtown business association and city officials. In a shift from when the campaign was launched six weeks ago officials said that “significant efforts and plans are being made by the property owner to develop the site."
Originally published 1.4.2012
The Alhambra Downtown Business Association has launched a letter-writing campaign aimed at pressuring a real estate company to develop the Main Street complex which housed the former Mervyn's building. Lubert-Adler owns the Alhambra Place Shopping Center on Garfield and Main. The former Mervyn’s building has stood empty since 2009, a glaring reminder of the shopping center’s vacancies.
“The City of Alhambra has done everything it can to get new tenants in to the buildings, however the owners are not returning the city’s calls,” said Joanna Vargas, the downtown business association president and owner of JayVee Dance. “We want them to return our calls and begin negotiating lease agreements for new tenants and clean up their property."
Vargas believes that Alhambra business owners and residents should now demand a change and direct their concerns to Lubert-Adler directly. "A letter writing campaign may hurt their public image and hopefully it will light a fire on their end,” she said.
Talks of a “big box” store setting up shop in its place seemed to create hope for development earlier this year, but aside from small renovation projects and a painted planter, the plaza has remained virtually untouched.
Lubert-Adler did not return calls for a comment.