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Azalea Project Ceremony To Take Place

Supporters of the 370,000 square foot project see it as a way of stimulating the local economy.

The Azalea Retail Project, an $80 million shopping mall that will be situated on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Firestone Boulevard, will have its groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at noon.

Local politicians are optimistic about the jobs that will be created once the 32-acre shopping structure is finished.

"This is the largest revitalization and development project in the City's history," said Mayor Bill De Witt, who actually abstained himself from voting on the project because of a potential conflict of interest. "The azalea regional shopping center is expected to create hundreds of jobs, and generate sales tax revenues to the city of at least $2.5 million per year after stabilization."  

Jobs for South Gate residents will be ensured through a local hiring program that the city negotiated into the agreement, said De Witt in a statement. 

The Azalea project had been in discussion for a very long time.

, the financing was finally approved after it was voted through the majority of the participating council.

Councilmember Henry Gonzalez gave sole votes against the project, expressing concerns over the amount of  of the project, as well as the amount of

The list of tenants has yet to be released.

However, Arturo Sneider, a founding partner of Primestor Development, has said in that the 370,000 square foot shopping center will include nationally recognized restaurants, retail shops and anchor stores. 

Walmart, has for a long time been rumored to be among 

The ceremony will take place tomorrow, Saturday, September 15, 2012 from noon to 2:00 p.m on the northwest corner of Firestone Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.

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Virginia Johnson September 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This has been a long time coming and it will be good for our City. I am so happy we had an experienced negotiator with Councilman Henry Gonzalez or the residents would be paying a lot more to the Development. In this economy, nothing is a sure thing. I am now looking forward to the groundbreaking and to my understanding at Council, the finished product in late 2013 or early 2014.
Allen C. Treen September 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
'Scuse me, but didn't Henry vote AGAINST the project? Sounds like he was not so happy with the outcome of his experienced negotiations.

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