About 40 downtown Monterey Park business people attended a briefing hosted by the city to bring them up-to-day on city projects and developments. The meeting is the fourth of a series of meeting in the city where local business people are invited to hear the latest in city economic development efforts.
Other meetings have been held on Monterey Pass Road, South Garfield and South Atlantic.
The city announced that the strip mall at Garvey and Nicholson streets is on its way to being rebuilt. The City’s Design Review Board has approved the design of the replacement shopping area.
The crowd was disappointed to hear that the long-awaited Monterey Park Town Center to be located at the southeast corner of Garvey-Garfield is not moving forward. The project is in bankruptcy proceedings and is up for sale.
The police department has some words of advice for business owners in dealing with security issues and homeless problems.
They suggested businesses install security systems and leave the lights on when closed. They also advised that businesses not feed nor give money to homeless persons. They also advised that they not confront homeless persons and instead call the police immediately to handle the problem.
City Manager Ron Bow started the meeting by welcoming the crowds. The meeting was then taken over by Planning and Economic Development Director Mike Huntley. The supporting cast included Police Chief Jim Smith, Fire Chief Scott Haberly and Interim Public Works Director Tito Hayes.
Mayor Teresa Real Sebastian, Councilman Peter Chan and City Clerk were also in attendance. Also present were members of the Downtown Business Advisory Board and the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce.
Among the leading businesses attending were Johnny Thompson Music, Henry’s Shoes, Martin Florist, America Asia Travel and many others.