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ALHAMBRA, CA-The Ratkovich Co. of Los Angeles has submitted plans tothe City of Alhambra for a 38,000-sf, $9.6 million neighborhood retailcenter across the street from Ratkovich’s The Alhambra, a 45-acre officecampus on Fremont Avenue at Mission Avenue.

The Alhambra City Council, sitting as the city’s redevelopment agency, isscheduled to review the new project Sept. 9.

President Wayne Ratkovich says the company is now using the vacant,6.9-acre site as additional parking for its office tenants. Once theretail project is complete, he says, tenants in the office park will be able to walk across a pedestrian bridge over Fremont Avenue tothe shopping center. The new center will occupy four acres of the site,with the rest to remain parking for the time being, although Ratkovichsays he may some day want to build additional stores, offices or housingon that property.

The center was designed by Studio One Eleven and will be anchored by adrug store and a 6,000-sf family-style restaurant. Plans also call forseveral smaller stores, such as a coffee house, a juice bar, an ice creamstore, and a mobile phone outlet, according to Robert Walsh of CypressRetail Group, which is the leasing agent.

Ratkovich hopes ground can be broken on the project in early 2003, withcompletion scheduled for the fall of that year.

The Ratkovich Co. and its partners acquired The Alhambra and theproperty on which the retail center will be built in late 1999. The onemillion-sf office campus was originally developed over 60 years by C.F.Braun Engineering as its corporate headquarters but is now home totenants including the USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles CountySheriff’s Department, and Tenet Healthcare.

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