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Developer Named for Sport Chalet Area Project

August 18, 2005|By Carol Cormaci

Although no tenants have yet formally signed on to occupy it, plans were unveiled in City Hall Tuesday morning for a shopping complex within the area owned La Cañada Properties, held by Sport Chalet founder Norbert Olberz and his family.

A La Cañada Flintridge man, Darren Mattix, will develop the project, according to Eric Olberz, Norbert's son.

Reached at his office Tuesday afternoon, Eric Olberz opted not to talk about the specifics of the project but instead read from a prepared statement:

"La Cañada Properties is pleased to have engaged Mattix Development Partners as the exclusive developer for our land holdings that are situated within the Downtown Village Specific Plan area.

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"I anticipate that Mattix Development Partners will bring forth a project that is befitting of the community and in keeping with the ideals presented within the specific plan," said the junior Olberz, a CPA affiliated with La Cañada Properties who also sits on the board of directors of Sport Chalet, Inc.

Acknowledging a series of back and forth discussions with the city's planning department and public hearings before city commissions lie ahead, Mattix said he is confident his project will meet the specifications and spirit of the Downtown Village Specific Plan and will gain approval. He is also optimistic construction can begin relatively soon.

"My timeline goal is to be complete with [the city's] process and ready to begin construction in the first quarter of next year," Mattix said.

Sport Chalet, he said, is the "logical anchor tenant," but, as of this week, neither the sporting goods retailer nor any other business had inked any deals to be included in the roughly 10-acre shopping park stretching east from Angeles Crest Highway to the northern extension of Beulah, north of Foothill Boulevard. The proposed plan features five building blocks plus the existing Taylor's restaurant.

The largest of those blocks, situated just west of the existing Sport Chalet headquarters office, is where the anchor tenant would be housed, according to Mattix. It is marked "A" in the conceptual site plan provided by the developer, and features rooftop parking. Mattix said the "A" building itself would be nestled into the sloping property.

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