We have a little news about the Kmart Site!
On Monday, March 8, a few community leaders were invited by CD2 to attend a small meeting with developers representing the Los Angeles Mission College. The rumors are true; the College is scouting for a location and is interested in opening a satellite campus here in S-T. They are very interested in the Kmart property and would include an anchor retail development along with the college. There is bond money available from Measure J (from last years election) to purchase and develop new sites for the Community College District, but they would have to include other uses. That’s where the questions come in – what anchor would be willing or able to combine resources with the college.
Basically, they wanted to hear what the community has to say, and wanted to know what type of development we would support. It was refreshing; they were very good listeners and they seem like they would be good neighbors. Community leaders who attended were Joe Barrett, STA Chairman, Dan McManus, President STNC, Tomi Lyn Bowling, Chair/STNC Land Use Committee, Cindy Cleghorn, Secretary, STNC, and yours truly, moi.
No decisions were made, and there is nothing going on other than discussion about our hopes and dreams.
What about Target?
The College District has been in discussion with the Target folks and we can only hope Target will decide to share the site. We understand that Target is “crunching the numbers” to see if it would be viable for them to come in here – but at this point, they have indicated they would want the entire site, as their format calls for 10 acres or more. NOTHING is ruled out, but at the same time, there is really NOTHING to report as far as any decisions.
Where do we go from here?
You can be assured, we’ll keep you posted as soon as any solid information comes along. There will definately be Town Hall meetings for input from the community at large as this moves along. Stay tuned!