Communiqué from Rae : New Retail Space in Bixby Knolls

Rae GabelichBy Rae Gabelich, Long Beach 8th District Council Member

The effort of many individuals to attract new retail is finally becoming a reality here in the Bixby Knolls area!
The Marshalls agreement has been signed and the city’s planning department is now reviewing building plans. The persistence of the Gaska family, the support of the City of Long Beach staff and the commitment of Marshalls to add a second location here in Long Beach will give us another much desired shopping experience.
The remodel of the entire Bixby Knolls Shopping Center along with the Marshalls presence will attract other retail opportunities to serve our community. The grand opening target date is for early 2009. Still a long ways off, but we should see construction activity by early next year.
Many of you will remember the community effort to bring Trader Joe’s to our neighborhood through a letter writing campaign. Those same efforts are needed once again to assist developer Mark Bolour (Bixby Point Center) in attracting both Noah’s Bagels and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos to our neighborhood.
After a month-long community outreach survey through the Signal Tribune newspaper, Mr. Bolour is trying to bring two of the neighborhood’s top choices to this location. Now it is our turn to show our support and interest in bringing these two well-known tenants to our Bixby Knolls area.
Please take the time to write an encouraging note to both Noah’s Bagels and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos at the following addresses and send a copy to our office. It will help us to further support these prospective tenants:
Vikki Scholten
Director of Real Estate
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
555 Zang Street, Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 80228

Ed Lee
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
2855 Pullman St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Our Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is working together with Greneker Solutions to create a new vision for our Bixby Knolls retail corridor on Atlantic Avenue. We will assist them in hosting a community meeting in the fall to introduce their concepts and ask for community input.
They will also be meeting with the property owners and the business tenants to provide the most cohesive plan possible.
The Thursday Farmers’ Market in Bixby Knolls has had a very successful first month. Please join us for the market’s official grand opening on Thursday, September 13 between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue between 45th Way and 46th Street.
In addition to the regular sampling of fresh produce and good food, there will be live music, face painting and balloon animals for kids, a Grand Opening cake, and a book signing by local food writer Russ Parsons.
As you can plainly see, Phase II of Long Beach Blvd. is now under construction. This includes new landscaped medians and street overlay to improve this major corridor and calm traffic. The bus stop on northbound Long Beach Boulevard at San Antonio will be moved further north to allow a smoother flow of traffic at that intersection.
Phase III will begin shortly after the completion of Phase II and will go from Del Amo Blvd. north to the 710 overpass area. This street improvement is another redevelopment project to further reduce blight in our community.
Our Public Works Department has included resurfacing for both our retail corridor on Atlantic Avenue and Carson Street between Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Blvd. for the 2008 Capitol Improvement Projects.
We will have a new face, one that we can all be proud to call our home. It has been a long road, but through the patience, persistence and commitment of many entities, it will soon be a reality!
As we move towards a more pedestrian-friendly experience, especially along Atlantic Avenue, I want to remind everyone to not only watch your speedometer, but also, more importantly, watch for pedestrians, especially children, who may be less focused on traffic.
Several parents have stopped by our field office to share their children’s frightening experiences and their fear of allowing them to walk to the bookstore, ice cream shop or pet store on their own. This is counterproductive to what we are trying to achieve within our community. So, please, as we move through this metamorphosis, remind yourself to drive slowly and conscientiously for the safety of all of our residents.
Be Prepared!
Stay Involved!

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