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Costco and Best Buy coming to Pacoima

July 18, 2008 | 10:29 am

It was a long day for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, whose board spent more than six hours Thursday sorting through such controversial matters as Blossom Plaza, a seven-story residential complex being built in Chinatown with $41 million in public money.

But the redevelopment board also did some business in the San Fernando Valley, voting to provide $9.8 million to bring a Costco and Best Buy shopping Center to Pacoima. The project, formally known as Plaza Pacoima, drew such supporters as Councilman Richard Alarcon, who held his 5-month-old daughter Camila as he courted the redevelopment board on the matter.

Plaza Pacoima will go up on Paxton Street next to the 118 Freeway on the site of a factory operated by Price Pfister, which manufactured faucets in the neighborhood for decades and closed its doors in 2001.

The site, which is currently contaminated, will be cleaned up by the developer, Primestor. The project will also get a freeway sign twice as tall as the city normally allows, according to redevelopment officials.

-- David Zahniser