Landmark for lease

With more than 75% of the new Town Center already leased — the largest chunk of that being to Sport Chalet, which plans to open its store in the complex next month — Sport Chalet’s current structure, on the south side of the boule

July 24, 2008|By Ruth Longoria

With Sport Chalet looking to open its new facility next month across the street at the new Town Center, La Cañada Properties owners this week posted a “For Lease” sign on the current Sport Chalet building on the south side of Foothill Boulevard.

This only days after Town Center developer Darren Mattix, of Mattix Development Partners, LLC, answered community questions about the facility during a Kiwanis Club luncheon meeting at Descanso Gardens.

At that time, City Manager Mark Alexander posed a question about the Sport Chalet structure, to which Mattix left the option open for a previously speculated upon possibility of a high end grocery mart — such as such as Whole Foods, Bristol Farms or Gelson’s Market — moving to the facility. Mattix said he’s heard several requests from the community for that type of business to come to La Cañada.


However, even though the Sport Chalet structure originally was built for and used as a grocery store, the city’s Downtown Village Specific Plan now limits the size of food markets allowed in sub-area No. 1, the three-lot parcel at Beulah Drive and Foothill Boulevard currently owned by the Olberz family/La Cañada Properties.

Last fall, Mattix went to the City Council asking the city to consider a “text amendment” to the plan, which would remove the limitation for the building currently occupied by Sport Chalet. The amendment was necessary, Mattix told the council, if La Cañada Properties was to woo potential high-end grocery marts.

However, although the council voted to allow Mattix to apply for an amendment, no application was processed, Alexander said this week.

La Cañada Properties has since chosen to “test the real estate market” and see which businesses are interested in leasing the property, rather than apply for the amendment at this point, Mattix said Tuesday.

“For the time being, it’s available for lease,” Mattix said, adding that Mattix Development is still interested in developing the property for a possible high-end grocery, should that become an option.

Mattix’s current development project, the new Town Center, is nearing completion and is already 77.7% leased, Mattix told the crowd of Kiwanians at their Aug. 16 luncheon meeting.

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