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Monday, 02 November 2015 21:11

Dunkel Bros. Machinery Moving is….Moving.

The La Mirada-based company will be staying in town, but will be relocating to 14555 Alondra Blvd after the California Department of Transportation purchased its current facility on Firestone Blvd. for the I-5 Widening Project, it announced last year.

The firm is best known for the well-publicized move of the Space Shuttle Endeavor from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center two years ago.

They will be renovating the building on Alondra that was built in 1968 and utilizing it as its corporate headquarters. The building is 237,089 square feet building and sits on 12+ acres.

The building originally was scheduled to be demolished but the previous owner (Heitman LLC) received an offer from Dunkel they couldn’t refuse.

The 2015 holiday season may be the last chance for area residents to view the company’s famous light display that adorns the 5 freeway every year.

Full Steamed Buns Ahead

Plans to build a McDonald’s at the site of the iconic Carriage Coffee Shop are moving forward according to City Community Development Manager Alison Moore.

A fire broke out in the kitchen in December of last year and shuttered the eatery permanently.

Many people have commented and speculated publicly on this website’s Facebook page, the fire last year seemed suspicious at a time when the closure of The Carriage seemed imminent.

Moore told us indications from the developer, Rich Development, reflect that there should be “activity” on the site soon.

Diving Right In

Pacific Diving Academy USA, Inc. currently located in Santa Fe Springs will be moving to La Mirada after purchasing the former 24-Hour Fitness facility located on La Mirada Blvd.

The non-profit organization was founded in 1996 by Andy and Amy Kwan. Along with a world class dry-land diving facility, their training center houses a full size gymnastics spring floor, numerous gymnastics apparatus, dance studio, and a weight training center.

The company purchased the building outright. Kimco Realty Corp. are the owners of most of the remainder of the Theatre Center.

The City currently contracts, with the academy for some of their classes.

The former LA Fitness gym next to IHOP is currently undergoing a renovation you can see when you drive by.

New Condos/Townhomes/Duplexes Coming to LM?

A public hearing regarding a new condominium project on La Mirada Boulevard presented by the Planning Department was continued on a 5-0 vote by the City Council as residents and council members expressed concerns about traffic, land use, and other impacts the project may have.

The Olson Company plans on building 33 luxury condos/townhomes on 2.72 acres located at 12000 La Mirada Boulevard.

The plan calls for 30 duplexes and three detached units to be constructed and are expected to fetch from $600,000-700,000 apiece.

The public hearing will continue November 24th at city hall at 6:30 p.m. with the developer expected to address all concerns.

A Slice Above

Gondola Pizza hosted a 45-year anniversary celebration at the restaurant in La Mirada on November 2nd.

Long time La Mirada residents remember Gondola moved from its original unit at the shopping center at Imperial and Santa Gertrudes to its current location a few doors down when a fire destroyed it in the 1970’s.

Look for more insights to the history of Gondola coming soon right here.

EXCLUSIVE: The La Mirada Blog has learned the Gondola owners are planning on opening a café adjacent to the current Gondola. The plan is to purchase the unit next door and offer gelato and coffee among other treats at the new café.

New Toys to Play With

The transformation continues on the new UFC Gym in La Mirada now occupying the former Toys R Us location, General Manager Matt Hamel told us.

Currently, the construction of an outdoor “boot camp” is ongoing where the former loading dock was, according to Hamel.

The 46,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility is expected to open by the end of the year.

That Was Fast

Inter-Continental Hotels Group (IHG), the Holiday Inn parent organization is parting ways with its Sporting News Grill (SNG) concept across the country. The announcement comes shortly after the largest unit on the west coast opened at the La Mirada hotel earlier this year.

La Mirada Holiday Inn General Manager Richard Choi told me the La Mirada restaurant has reached an agreement with IHG to keep it open as a SNG until April. At that point, Choi said, the La Mirada hotel would take over the restaurant and operate it independently.



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