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[KHTS] -The city of Santa Clarita’s Oversight Board (successor to the Redevelopment Agency) will be reviewing the proposed Laemmle Theater project as well as the apartment units and parking structure projects planned for Old Town Newhall.

The city of Santa Clarita and Laemmle Theatres entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement during the July 14 City Council meeting.

The project will go before the Oversight Board on August 4, when a presentation of the planned actions for the project will be reviewed.

 

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The location under discussion is the empty city block that’s owned by the city and its former redevelopment agency across from the Old Town Newhall Library (bounded by Lyons, Main, 9th and Railroad).

Greg Laemmle, president of Laemmle Theatres, anticipates the theater in Newhall could draw between 150,000 to 200,000 people per year.

“There’s an opportunity here to jump start the development of what will be an authentic and vibrant environment in Newhall,” said Laemmle.

Under separate ownership, the new theater, on 12,000 square feet of the redevelopment block, and 46 new 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom condo or apartment units on 37,500 square feet of the redevelopment block, would be handled by the city as two separate projects.

The combined project is expected to generate an estimated $4 million in economic activity annually in an area the city has long been trying to revitalize.

The city, or related agency, would hang onto some of the property for an eventual third project – a 300-space public parking structure.

There were a total of 20 public speakers about the subject, all of them being positive.

“I want to see all this money that all of us spend elsewhere back in Santa Clarita,” said one speaker.

Due to new FPPC rules, City Attorney Joseph Montes said that Councilwoman Laurene Weste and Councilman TimBen Boydston should recuse themselves from discussion on Laemmle due to conflict of interest.

Weste spoke as a private citizen, “congratulations to our community for staying the course to get to this day… We all just want dinner and a movie.”

Background
The city and its redevelopment agency purchased the two-acre block across from the new library in November 2008 with the intention of redeveloping it. Some of the property was leased; when tenants’ leases expired, the existing buildings were bulldozed to make way for a new project. A Laemmle-type theater had been in the plans for the site since 2005, along with a housing component and public parking. (Under state redevelopment law, 20 percent of redevelopment assets had to be set aside to improve the housing stock in blighted areas. The downtown area qualified.)

Then in early 2012 the Legislature and the governor canceled redevelopment throughout the state. In 2011, as redevelopment was unraveling, Santa Clarita’s redevelopment agency transferred some of its property to the city.

Today the block consists of nine parcels, some of which are owned by the city, some by the “successor agency” to the redevelopment agency, and some by the city on behalf of the housing obligation under the old redevelopment law.

In 2013, as required by state law after the termination of redevelopment, the city filed a “long-range plan” to sell off its redevelopment property.

Under the long-range plan, which the state accepted, the city said it would put the property to bid and sell it to a developer who would create a project consistent with the city’s Old Town Newhall redevelopment plan.

The city solicited bids from nearly 100 potential applicants. There were five responses. Three were tossed out because they didn’t include a theater or public parking.

The two qualifying bidders were Laemmle Theatres in partnership with Serrano Development Group/Pacific Coast Housing Development of Glendale; and Maya/HighRidge Costa.

After meetings with staff and a professional consultant and a subcommittee of Mayor Marsha McLean and Councilman Bob Kellar, the Laemmle/Serrano proposal floated to the top.

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13 Comments

  1. Yes, Yes, Yes Board members!

  2. Beth Blok Beth Blok says:

    Please bring this theater! We need more culture out here!

  3. Let’s be progressive oversight board!
    We need more films that make you think …
    Vote LAEMMLE!

  4. Can’t wait for this theatre to come.to SCV!

  5. Can’t wait for this theatre to come.to SCV!

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