So, ok, just pretend this was my first post because it was supposed to be until I got the brilliant idea to discuss change and how it relates to Nakarat Orange.
That’s why the welcome title.
Did you know the Town Center is in escrow to a new buyer? Yes! IDS Real Estate Group has bought the 13-acre shopping center. So why should we be interested in this? Because despite years, and I mean like more than ten, of planning, discussing, going back to the drawing board a hundred thousand times, community fights, developer intrigue, architect after architect, the final product, the Town Center, has been a bit of a disappointment. It opened nearly three years ago to great fanfare. The anchor store, Sport Chalet, which used to be a friendly group of store fronts with an old-timey feel, became a mall-like megastore with no soul. Buildings which sprouted around a series of ugly parking lots promised interest but failed to deliver. There was a lot of perimeter but no center to the Center. Today there are still vacancies, probably due to the high per-square foot lease price required even in today’s depressed commercial market. So it is exciting news indeed that the new owners are committed to making the Town Center a vibrant place to walk and meet and greet. According to the La Cañada Outlook, Olberz Park will be expanded and used as a place for more community gatherings in the future. The new owners expect to attract more tenants with its forward-looking, all-inclusive approach to the space. Before they carry me away on my shield, I want to look up and see them take that For Lease sign out of the window. Anytime now, guys.