New site for chamber at De Anza?

January 12, 2002|By Aaron Claverie, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Chamber of Commerce directors, city staffers and an engineer plan to tour the historic Hotel De Anza on Monday to figure out how much it would cost to renovate the hotel's available commercial space for chamber use.

Calexico chamber president Libby Peraza of Wells Fargo Bank said the directors are ready and willing to lease the long-vacant space co-owned by the city and Chelsea Investment Corp. of Solana Beach. A popular cafe used to be located in the space the chamber wants to lease.

Before the chamber moves in, the City Council would have to approve leasing the space to the chamber and determine who is paying for what percentage of the renovations.

City Manager Richard Inman said he will bring back some concrete numbers to the council following the Monday meeting.

El Centro architect Eddie Chun has been brought in to work on the renovation blueprints.

Chun could end up carving out 200 square feet of commercial space for Oxnard Community College.


Edward Rivera, director of the college's Center for International Trade & Development, recently asked the City Council, seated as the Redevelopment Agency board, to give the college some office space. Peraza was told three international businessmen would use the office space.

Mayor Victor Carrillo formed a committee of councilmen Javier Alatorre and Frank Montoya to look into the college's presentation and bring back a recommendation.

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