The corner of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard has remained empty since the demolition of the Hawkins property. This site is designated as the site for the future home of the “Piazza Las Tunas”, a mixed-use development that has caused controversy among the residents of Temple City.
At the June 5, 2007 City Council meeting, Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra asked for an update on the current progress of the Piazza.
Charles Martin, City Attorney and City Manager of Temple City, stated the owner, Randy Wang, had hired a new construction manager for the project. The previous construction manager, Jay Liyanage had wasted many months since approval of the project last May.
Martin also enlightened the City Council with news that Wang had hired a new consultant to take over the construction phase of the project.
It was noted that Councilmembers Dave Capra and Cathé Wilson had met with the owner and new construction manager.
In addition to a new team taking over the project, the grading plans have been approved for the project.
The Piazza development is expected to bring in $800,000 to $1 million dollars worth of badly needed tax revenue.
In May 2006, the previous Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinances 06-904 and 06-905. Ordinance 06-904 was the zone change ordinance and 06-905 was the developer’s agreement.
A grassroots effort later emerged to challenge the City Council’s decision. A total of 1937 signatures, 12.5% of the registered voters in Temple City, were gathered.
Former Temple City Unified School District Board of Education member Joan Vizcarra and Temple City resident Rachel Barbosa submitted the referendum petitions to the City Clerk. The City Clerk declined to accept the petitions based on a “technicality.”
According to developer’s agreement with the City, the Piazza Las Tunas must be completed by August 23, 2009.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the August 29, 2007 issue of the Temple City Voice.