Pulido Meets with Piazza Developer’s Broker

A meeting was held to discuss The Buxton Company’s retail packages.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published July 1, 2011

A year after the Piazza at Temple City was to be completed, City Manager Jose Pulido is at work, trying to bring a new project forward.

The city manager, who took over the reins of City Hall last year, recently met with the Developer Randy Wang’s broker, Armando Aguirre.

“We reviewed a number of the ‘Retail Pursuit Packets’ prepared by the Buxton Company, which includes upscale restaurants, supermarkets, and other retailers that would be a fit for this project,” Pulido wrote in the August 19, 2010 weekly city manager’s report.

A meeting was arranged after Temple City received a new retail development strategy from the Buxton Company, a consultant the City hired this year.

Also in his August 19 report, the city manager laid out Randy Wang’s newest plan.

“This project would have two restaurant pads at the corner of Rosemead Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive, and three other retail pads that could accommodate a regional upscale supermarket with two other supporting and synergistic retailers,” he said.

More recently, Wang proposed two ideas for his project, a traditional strip mall and an urban center.

It appears the developer has settled on a revised version of his second plan. That plan called for an urban center that is approximately 67,500 square feet and includes two restaurants, outdoor dining areas, and two medium-sized retail pads.

Meanwhile, two former city officials continue to make news as one waits to be sentenced, while the other prepares for a trial.

Former Temple City Mayor Judy Wong faces a maximum sentence of 16 months in prison for her alleged role in bribing the Piazza developer. She pled “no contest” to a number of charges in May. Wong returns to court on August 24.

Another former mayor, Cathé Wilson, is still waiting to receive a trial for her alleged role in soliciting bribes and committing perjury. If convicted, Wilson could face nearly a decade in prison.

Randy Wang remains unscathed. His Piazza property continues to be vacant.

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