YOU ARE HERE: IVPress HomeCollectionsBrawley

Hotel De Anza space may be a pharmacy

December 10, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, will decide whether to provide financial assistance to a pair of pharmacists from Brawley and El Centro looking to start a pharmacy in the Hotel De Anza.

The RDA board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

The pharmacists, Greg Gelman of Brawley and Gary Metelshi of El Centro, want to start the De Anza Pharmacy in the available 1,500-square feet of commercial space.

The two will be asking for a loan of $243,000. They propose to repay the RDA $295,770 after five years.

The pharmacy could employ six new workers within the first three years.

For years a popular coffee shop was located in the 1,500-square foot commercial space of the historic hotel.

Earlier this year, U.S. Data Source of Los Angeles considered turning the commercial space into a computer hub for its data production operations. That plan was scrapped.


On Tuesday, the owner of U.S. Data Source, Martin Madden, will ask the RDA board for $400,000 to expand his existing business; possibly relocating it to the site of the old Kmart building.

U.S. Data Souce operates out of the shopping center that houses the Bulldog Bar & Grill off Yourman Road.

In other new business, the RDA board will discuss the potential construction of a Holiday Inn Express and Applebee's restaurant near the Calexico 10 theaters.

Representatives from the hotel and the restaurant will ask the agency to spend $400,000 to $450,000 on infrastructure improvements to the area surrounding the proposed developments.

Specifically, the board could decide to build roads that would be used by the prospective patrons of the restaurant and hotel.

City staffers contend the city will recoup the money spent on the road improvements from an increase in sales tax and hotel tax revenue. Additionally, the cost of the improvements would be charged to future developments in proximity to the projects.

"The city will seek reimbursement from future developers," according to a letter written by City Manager Richard Inman.

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

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles