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Demolition of Miracle Shopping Center to Begin by the End of October

The project may disrupt traffic on neighboring streets as trucks haul away the building's remains.

Demolition of the 9th Street and Palm Avenue shopping center will begin Oct. 26, a notice sent out Tuesday by the city said.

Buildings in the 700 block of Palm Avenue will be demolished Oct. 26 and buildings in the 800 block of Palm Avenue will be demolished Nov. 14.

Operations will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The old shopping center will be torn down to make way for a new center which so far has commitments from Fresh & Easy, Panda Express and Starbucks to open stores, said Imperial Beach Redevelopment Agency Coordinator Jerry Selby.

Trucks hauling away remnants of the old building on 8th and Delaware Streets and Palm Avenue and 9th Street could disrupt traffic, said Public Works inspector Larry Martin, but no street closures have been planned.

The Miracle Shopping Center was first opened to the public in 1949. Businesses began to relocate after the city purchased the property in 2009 but the final store closed its doors in July of this year.

A contract to demolish the building was awarded at a Sept. 7 City Council meeting to Patriot General Engineering, whose offices are based in La Mesa. The demolition will cost about $412,000.

Shorebird October 11, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Response from Fresh&Easy says they have no plans for opening in IB.
chris October 11, 2011 at 07:04 PM
i feel good about rebuilding a new cool place. we need a lil classy here in i.b since were closer to coronado. and by the beach. we need something that we dont have to travel far up north to get ethic food or a place to chill or hangout.... In-n-Out would be nice also, or maybe a burger lounge.
chris October 12, 2011 at 02:05 AM
thats a bummer
chris October 12, 2011 at 02:06 AM
what about they put sprouts/henrys? is that better. if not whole foods?
syndee holt October 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I sincerely hope that Fresh & Easy comes to IB! We drive all the way to East Chula Vista to shop there. My son is a chef and it's the only commercial market he'll go to! If you haven't tried it, you are missing out AND spending too much $$. I've begged them through their website to come to IB and will continue to do so..

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