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Dead Home Depot in Valley May Be Reborn as Target

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    Today, Dale Thrush, Director of Planning & Economic Developmen, in Councilmember Wendy Greuel's office sent an email to Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood council members, giving locals an update on that old Kmart property, the site that was supposed to hold a Home Depot till everyone successfully chased the chain out of town. And surprise, surprise, there's talk of a Target. Excerpt of Thrush's email: "We have talked to the brokers who are marketing Home Depot's lease on the property. We have also talked to a variety of potential users for this site, and there is a great deal of interest. One potential user in particular is interested in buying the property and creating a town center project on the site. This project could include a general merchandise store such as Target, a bookstore, restaurants, community college classrooms and other shops." [More of his email after the jump] After disputes with the city about whether or not an environmental review process was needed, Home Depot announced last month it was pulling out of the area. Home Depot spokeswoman Kathryn Gallagher told KPCC: “It’s twofold. Given the steps required by the city as well as the current economic landscape, and both of those just point to the fact that it just simply doesn’t make sense, business sense, for us to pursue this project.” According to KPCC, oppponents had worried would the store "would drive out small hardware stores and hurt the local environment." If residents didn't want a Home Depot, are they going to want a Target? Perhaps not. Who knows how long it's been up, but here's a bare bones No Target in Sunland-Tujunga web site.

    Hi All,

    I saw an e-mail recently that suggested the public is not aware of
    community leaders' and Councilwoman Greuel's activities related to
    the former K-Mart site in Sunland, so I thought I would take a
    minute to bring you up to the minute on our efforts to attract
    appropriate businesses to the K-Mart property.

    We have talked to the brokers who are marketing Home Depot's lease
    on the property. We have also talked to a variety of potential
    users for this site, and there is a great deal of interest. One
    potential user in particular is interested in buying the property
    and creating a town center project on the site. This project could
    include a general merchandise store such as Target, a bookstore,
    restaurants, community college classrooms and other shops.

    We are working with Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council leaders,
    the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance and business leaders in the community
    to explore all of the options for the site. Once we have framed the
    viable development parameters for the site, we will arrange a public
    meeting to discuss the community's preferences.

    We are optimistic that these efforts will result in the productive
    reuse of the K-Mart property in the near future. I would appreciate
    it if you could distribute this e-mail to your lists, so that the
    status of the property can be clarified.


    Dale Thrush
    Director of Planning & Economic Development
    Councilmember Wendy Greuel, CD 2
    200 North Spring Street #475
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Dale.Thrush@lacity.org (213) 473-7002 * High Priority **

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