LocationAlhambra , CA United States
The non-profit that filed the lawsuit against the Lowe’s development sought to clarify that they never had a problem with a Lowe’s superstore coming to Alhambra.
Several months ago, after Grassroots Alhambra had filed a lawsuit blocking the development, Lowe’s planned on pulling out of the project, reported the Pasadena Star-News. The Charles Company, which was the developer on the project, had tried to reach a settlement agreement with Grassroots Alhambra in a bid to get Lowe’s to stay.
George Ray, the development manager for the project, told the Pasadena Star-News that he thought the group was using this project for Alhambra to change its process. “This was all a scheme due to some other internal city politics I’m not familiar with,” he said.
Ron Sahu, a member of Grassroots Alhambra, said that the group had started discussions with the Charles Company a couple of months ago. Both had agreed on preserving the Lowe’s but had differed on other elements. He said the developer wanted to conduct another traffic study after the Lowe’s was built, but that Grassroots Alhambra wanted that to occur beforehand. After sending a counter-proposal, Sahu said that their group never heard back from the developer.
Sahu wasn’t sure how Lowe’s withdrawal would affect the lawsuit. “The lawsuit is hitting the legality of that action, so in that sense, the claims are still there,” he said.
Sahu also said that the lawsuit was not politically motivated. “You don’t settle a political argument with a legal process,” he said. “We were dissatisfied with the City’s process with how they go about analyzing environmental impacts and how they do that oversight.”
We have reached out to the Charles Company for comment and will update this article if they respond.