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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:56

By Amy Sylvestri

A $33-million remodeling of San Lorenzo is in the works, although no new tenant has been found for the former Mervyn’s site, which has long stood empty in the center of the village.


The project will include a new community center, senior housing, a library expansion and landscaping.


The development will be funded by some county money that was approved for the project before redevelopment agencies were dissolved last year, according to Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.


Chan said the timeline for construction is beginning this spring and will last through 2016.


Some empty buildings near the Mervyns site will be demolished, though Kavanaugh Liquors will remain open.


The first part of the new construction will be in the San Lorenzo Shopping Center at 15800 Hesperian Blvd. Shop and restaurants in the center, such as Black Angus and Loard’s Ice Cream, will be open during the construction and will be getting new storefronts and roofs.


Other projects include an estimated $9 million expansion of the San Lorenzo Library, which will break ground next January.


Getting the San Lorenzo plan off the ground has been difficult due to the economic downturn and the elimination of redevelopment agencies, but she is glad to see it happen.


“The community has wanted this for a long time,” she said.



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