Posted: Jun 19, 2013 12:22 AM by KSBY STAFF
Updated: Jun 19, 2013 9:16 AM
Tuesday night, the Santa Maria City Council decided to continue its discussion on whether to bring in the discount store Fallas to its downtown area.
The council voted 3 to 2 to push the matter to Aug. 6 in order for the City Attorney's Office to prepare findings for a denial.
Fallas, which is a family-owned and operated business, wants to go into the old Mervyn's site in the Town Center West shopping center.
The building has been empty for more than five years.
Some say Santa Maria needs a revitalization downtown and Fallas could bring that, while others say Santa Maria doesn't need anymore discount stores.
Larry Appel, the director of Community Development, says, "Obviously they're spending a lot of money. They knew the risk going into this because we told them that it was a discretionary process and they would need to get approval from City Council. I just don't think they expected these results."
The City Council was also supposed to vote on a moratorium, which would prevent any more discount stores from coming into the downtown area, but they did not take action on that item.
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