Plans appear stalled for huge shopping mall near Calexico port

October 08, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Los Angeles-based developers planning a huge shopping mall west of the downtown port of entry here will not be breaking ground any time soon, according to city sources.

They don't even own the ground yet.

Calexico City Manager Richard Inman said the developers, M&A Gabay LLP of Los Angeles, have not submitted a formal building plan or financial prospectus for the mall project.

Marvin Mayne, a real estate consultant for the owner of 7 acres near the port, said the developers have not contacted his client, Raymond Lopez, about buying his land, which would be part of the project.

Meanwhile, Lopez wants to build a truck parking lot on his acreage and the project has been approved already by the Calexico Planning Commission.


At a special session of the Calexico City Council on Tuesday, the council will approve or reject the commission's decision.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave. At 7:30 p.m., the council members will be seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board.

Before that, the council will decide whether to enter into a cooperative agreement with the California Department of Transportation.

If the council does, the city and Caltrans would work together to install traffic signals at the intersection of Meadows Road and Highway 98.

The vote on a possible agreement comes after months of negotiations between the city and Caltrans.

Meanwhile, during the RDA meeting, the board could give $10,000 to San Diego State University for scholarships and dole out $3,500 for the annual Farm Worker Appreciation Breakfast.

The board will then decide whether to dedicate a section of Nosotros Park to Assemblyman David Kelley, R-Idyllwild. When Kelley was state senator for the area he secured funds for the construction of Nosotros Park, which, should be open by the end of the month.

After that, the board could sever ties with redevelopment consultant Urban Futures Inc. of Orange. Recently the board rejected a proposed amendment to the redevelopment plan that had been advocated by Urban Futures.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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