QUESTION: I noticed that the empty buildings at the northeast corner of Hellman and Fremont were demolished this morning. Any idea what the city has planned for that location? A new gas station or mini-mart would be ideal. – Steven L., Aug. 5, 2013 via email
ANSWER: A new storage facility is going up on the southeast corner of Hellman and Fremont avenues, according to Alhambra Director of Development Services Tara Schultz.
While the city did not comment on which company will occupy the location, representatives from U.S. Storage Center — a public storage company with 25 units in Southern California — presented to Alhambra City Council in November 2011 their design for a four-story self-storage facility near the 2500 block of Hellman Avenue. Council members expressed reservation about the project during a January 2012 meeting, arguing the design did not complement the residential character of the area. The issue was last discussed during a March 2012 meeting, during which City Council approved an ordinance to reduce the self-storage project to 121,707 square feet and three stories with a basement from its original size of 131,594 square feet and four stories. The design remained the same.
*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the buildings on the northeast corner of Hellman and Fremont avenues were demolished and that the last time the project was discussed was in January. We apologize for the errors.
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