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Broadway Plaza Owners Get Control Of Important Culvert

The City Council approves the transfer of the culvert, paving the way for the shopping center's $250 million renovation

Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek
Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek
The final brick is now in place for Broadway Plaza's $250 million renovation.

On Tuesday night, the Walnut Creek City Council approved a four-party agreement to transfer control of 200 feet of culvert to the Macerich company, allowing them to proceed with the four-year renovation.

The council approved the renovation project in December, but Macerich needed control of the culvert for some of its remodeling plans.

Sandra Meyer, the city's community and economic development director, said the agreement approved Tuesday night transfers control of the San Ramon Creek culvert from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Contra Costa County Flood Control District to the city of Walnut Creek and Macerich.

Macerich is responsible for maintenance while the city enforces the maintenance agreement.

Meyer said a congressional bill that would have approved the transfer has been stalled in committee, so the culvert agreement was done as an administrative action by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The demolition of some of the stores between Macy's and Nordstrom could now start as early as next month.

The 40 stores in that east wing of the center have been told to vacate the premises by next Friday. More than half of the shops have already closed.

Tim Ekren January 25, 2014 at 01:51 AM
David, you might have to explain to the Contra Costa Times reporter how the transfer of the Culvert went down. It seems kinda nifty how this went from being subject to congress passing a law/authorization for which the legislation is still stuck in conference to simply the Corps of Engineers handing it over once the city approved of the plan.
Jojo Potato January 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Interesting how the CC Times quoted a city official and a Macerich representative saying that the bill, HR 3080 had passed. It hasn't passed but as we know when it comes to Walnut Creek, what Macerich wants they get.

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