A retaining wall that served in recent years as a welcome mat to the city’s historic downtown was demolished last week to make way for construction of the Town Center.
Once the divider between a gas station and a reclamation center, the wall remained after the businesses closed up and their buildings were cleared away. The property is now part of the shopping and dining center under development.
About 10 years ago, the city had a “Welcome to Old Towne Yorba Linda” mural painted on the wall, said Mike Ruocco, a Main Street business owner. The mural was to discourage graffiti.
In the years since, the yellow-and-brown mural, with the depiction of a horse rider and the hills around Yorba Linda, served as a marker for the historic Main Street, which will be the neighbor to the new Town Center with its eateries and shops.
“We are kinda bummed,” Ruocco said of the wall’s demolition. Several others also echoed its loss on social media.
But the wall couldn’t be saved, said Pam Stoker, the city’s economic development manager. It had been meant as temporary decoration in the interim, she said.
Town Center development
Zelman Development Co. started its project with the construction of the parking structure and now is clearing the rest of the property, Co-President Brett Foye said.
Next week mass grading will start on the entire property.
The center is still expected to be finished by late summer or fall of 2018, Foye said.
Tenants secured for the 125,000-square-foot center include Bristol Farms, a Regal movie theater, Blaze Pizza, The Habit, Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, Seasalt Fish Grill, the Creamistry, Peete’s Coffee and Verizon, Foye said, with more under negotiation.
The estimated $50 million Town Center is redeveloping the 10 acres bounded by Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda Boulevard, Lakeview Avenue, Main Street and Lemon Street.