One of those locations includes an area directly across Imperial Avenue from Northgate in north El Centro.Meanwhile, construction of the Northgate Plaza is about a year behind schedule. Construction was originally scheduled to begin last summer.
Rodriquez said the city is seeking a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for infrastructure work. He also said once remaining issues are ironed out with the state Department of Transportation ground should be broken in about 30 to 60 days.
The plaza is expected to be the new, expanded home of El Centro Motors, and Food 4 Less. El Centro Motors is the local Ford and Mercury dealer currently on Fourth and Main streets.
El Centro Motors co-owner Dennis Nesselhauf said the delay with Caltrans is due to pending approval for a traffic signal at Cruickshank.
"We are waiting for a permit from Caltrans for a signal so we can get permits for the city to start construction," he said, adding it doesn't make sense to get the construction permits before the infrastructure is in place.
Nesselhauf said another delay relates to some engineering studies by Food 4 Less, and a right-of-way needed for a sewer line.
"We're just waiting to break ground," he said. "All of our building plans have been OK'd."
El Centro Motors will move its $7 million inventory from five lots spread over four acres to a single, 15-acre parcel.
"We're anxious to get it going," Nesselhauf said.
The project will fill the vacant plot between Wal-Mart and The Movies in Imperial. The proposed project site is a subdivision of 32 acres, creating 14 commercial lots. The plaza will consist of a mix of retail stores and the auto mall. Construction is expected to occur in six phases and include two new streets. Development of the project involves extending Treshill Road east toward Highway 86 and putting up a three-way stop sign at the corners of La Brucherie and Bradshaw roads.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.