With a new company in place, the City Council authorized the City Manager to sign the addendum to the original developer’s agreement for the Piazza at Temple City. The Piazza at Temple City, formerly known as the “Temple City Galleria” and “Piazza Las Tunas” is a fifty-two condominium mixed-use project.
On November 20, 2007, the City Council approved the addendum, 5-0.
Originally approved in May 2006 by the previous City Council, to date, the Piazza at Temple City has failed to begin construction. In October 2007, the City Council reluctantly granted permission for a few “minor” changes to the overall project.
It received a second groundbreaking on November 9, 2007 attended by representatives of the City Council and Temple City Chamber of Commerce.
According to David Wilson, President of A & W Builders, the Piazza management team has met with East West Bank and Far East Bank in order to obtain a loan. Wilson also informed the Council that he was confident the project would be completed on time.
The Piazza at Temple City development must be completed by August 23, 2009 as stated in the developer’s agreement.
The City Council also considered three additional separate items at the November 20th City Council meeting.
Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra inquired about the status of the Shell gasoline station on Las Tunas Drive and Oak Avenue.
Community Development Manager Joe Lambert stated the property will have a self-serve car wash and new gasoline station. The project is currently in a building plan check. Lambert cited an issue with industrial waste may be delaying the project.
Councilwoman Cathé Wilson informed the other members of the Council that some residents wanted to see Temple City with holiday lights on Las Tunas Drive year-round.
During discussion, Council noted problems with tree trimming and maintenance issues if lights were on year-round. City Manager Charlie Martin suggested leaving the lights up into either January or February. His idea was approved by members of the Council.
Lastly, Mayor Judy Wong informed the Council that the Temple City Chinese American Association donated a turkey to the Netter family. The Netters lost their son Deandre Netter to a gang killing in August 2007.
This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on March 26, 2008.