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MOLINA AND SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY CELEBRATE ECONOMIC POWER AND “LA ALAMEDA” RETAIL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
National Retailers, 700 Plus Jobs, Community Gathering Place, Community Identity
WALNUT PARK (July 8, 2008) -- As part of her commitment to the Southeast Los
Angeles’ economic vitality, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina along with Primestor Development, Inc., will officially dedicate the new La Alameda retail center with an all day community celebration, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at 2140 E. Florence Avenue in Walnut Park, CA 90255 (southwest corner of Florence and Alameda St - adjacent to Alameda Corridor). RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT 10AM.
Festivities include live music by La Sonora Dinamita, Sonora Tentacíon,
Los Sonsoles, Grupo Tropical, Mariachi Linda’s Mexicanas and others. La Alameda’s official mascot: Big Al will entertain children during the event, carnival rides and rock climbing.
“This corner of the County was once a blighted site and community eyesore. For several years, local residents and the business community have worked hand-in-hand with me to improve the quality of life in this area. In the initial years, we worked diligently to bring
“basic services”—and we began to dream and plan for a revitalized Southeast community,” said Molina. “Today, national retailers have recognized the purchasing power of our community.
La Alameda is an example of blighted land transformed into a dynamic economic development project. No County unincorporated area has never before seen a project of such magnitude.”
La Alameda is not only a retail shopping center—it is a community gathering place for families and shoppers to enjoy. It features Spanish architecture inspired by the area’s culture and history of commerce, and pedestrian friendly courtyards, plaza spaces, outdoor seating, and fountains.
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In addition to a technology education center, Sheriff’s sub-station and offices spaces, some of the tenants at La Alameda include Big 5, Ross, Marshalls, Petco, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, CVS Pharmacy, Verizon, Chuck E. Cheese, Wing Stop, Bank of America, Game Stop, Hawaiian Bar-B-Que, Mitzy International, and more.
“Our community now has a place where we can shop locally, congregate with our families and socialize with our neighbors in a safe and beautiful environment. La Alameda has placed our community on the map and given it some identity,” said Walnut Park Residents Association President Joseph Baltazar. “Beautifying our community has been a team effort and this retail development project has been a natural addition to Walnut Park. Local residents are only a short walk or bus trip away. Now: our dollars will stay here; we can walk our dogs to Petco; and there will always be something to do locally.”
La Alameda joins many other Molina area improvements such as the Marbrisa Homes, Gage Village Homes, New Roosevelt Park Senior Center, Roosevelt Park Pool and Pool Facility Renovation, Roosevelt Park Upgrades, Graham Library, Bus Shelters along the main thoroughfares, and street signage. Projects currently underway include: a new unnamed
Gage Avenue Park, a Florence-Streetscape Project—from Compton Ave to Huntington Park, and an improved Florence-Firestone Service Center which provides local County services.