The Piazza Las Tunas project is finally moving forward after having declared “a huge challenge ahead” the previous month at the City Council meeting.
The Piazza, approved in May 2006, has had fifteen months to commence construction. Residents have inquired when the project would begin construction.
The project, formerly known as the “Temple City Galleria”, must be completed by August 23, 2009. Failure to comply would result in a violation of the Developer’s Agreement with the City of Temple City.
At the August 21, 2007 City Council meeting, A & W Builders, the construction management firm for the Piazza project gave the City Council an update on the project’s status.
Louie Aurelio, Senior Project Manager with A & W Builders stated that the project was in line with the Developer’s Agreement. Aurelio added that a project presentation to the City Council would take place in September.
“[The] progress on the Piazza development [is] far exceeding my expectations” declared Councilmember David Capra.
On August 7, City Manager Charlie Martin noted that a second groundbreaking for the Piazza mixed-use development would occur in either October or November.
The Piazza Las Tunas project has generated staunch controversy since the idea was first presented to the City Council.
After approval of the project, a grassroots organization immediately formed to collect signatures for referendums on the project. A total of 1937 signatures were gathered, but the petitions were rejected by the City Clerk on the basis of a “technicality.”
The Piazza mixed-use development project is expected to generate about $800,000 to $1 million in tax revenues annually to the City of Temple City.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on November 10, 2007.