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Economic Development and Redevelopment

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Welcome to the El Monte Economic Development Department's homepage. Our Department's Mission is to implement and support a variety of comprehensive and strategic programs designed to ensure the economic well-being of the City.

We hope that you will find our new homepage easier to navigate and locate resources for your new business or development. We welcome any input or feedback you may have and look forward to doing business with you in the friendly City of El Monte.


Gateway Phase 1The proposed conceptual design for the Gateway Project includes a transit-oriented, multi-phase, mixed-use development consisting of 480 units of housing, 25,000 square feet of retail, and improved surrounding infrastructure spread throughout 14.31 acres.   The project is envisioned to include three separate parcels of housing and mixed-use development, and significant infrastructure improvements to the surrounding and interior streets. 
  Mercy Housing ProjectThe proposed site plan for the Development includes the development of a 41-unit workforce rental housing project, with support services, reserved for occupancy by Veterans with special needs, including homeless veterans.  The unit sizes are approximately 485-510 square feet.  The parking will consist of 41 stalls (16 covered/25 surface).  An onsite property manager, accessible to City staff and the Police Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will be provided. The development is expected to be completed by February 2014
  Norms RestaurantThe proposed site plan for the Development includes a new state-of-the-art 6,890 square foot modern/retro Norms restaurant featuring indoor and outdoor dining areas, improved landscaping, and approximately 44 parking spaces located upon 34,016 square feet of what is currently a vacant unimproved City land area and an additional City land area including a proposed to be vacated portion of Granada Avenue, and improvements to the 63,000 square feet of improved public parking lot area containing 172 public parking spaces within the El Monte Downtown Area
Temple Palms Business ParkThe project proposes a 26.8 acres property for the construction of 502,386 square feet of light industrial, commercial, warehouse, and/or retail facilities in a business park setting located on Temple City Boulevard.  The proposed business park will consist of a total of 14 buildings ranging in size from 11,781 to 60,364 square feet. All 14 buildings would be arranged to take access from a central driveway traversing the project site in an east to west orientation and secondary driveway located at the northeast corner of the project boundary
Tyler Court – The proposed design for the Tyler Court Housing Project is a three-story building, containing either 20 units of affordable senior rental housing.  Of the 20 unit senior project, four (4) units will be two-bedroom/one bathroom unit, and the remaining units will have one (1) bedroom and one (1) bathroom.   One (1) unit will be occupied by an on-site property manager. The development is expected to be completed by January 2014

Wal-Mart Supercenter – The Project involves the construction of an 186,782 square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter and associated circulation, parking, and loading facilities. In addition to offering general merchandise and groceries, the Supercenter would include a bakery, deli, photo lab, off-site alcohol sales, along with a food tenant (e.g., McDonalds), a non-food tenant (e.g., a bank, medical clinic, portrait studio or salon), and an outdoor garden center. Customer access to the facility would be provided via two driveways along Arden Drive, while heavy truck access would be provided via Valley Circle

Notice of Preparation




The El Monte Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of El Monte have adopted an Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule pursuant to Part 1.8 of Division 24 of the California Health and Safety Code.  Click Here to View


The Economic Development Department is comprised of two core functions: Economic Development and Redevelopment. Our key program areas include: business recruitment and retention activities, visitor attraction programs, targeted redevelopment of underutilized properties, creating well planned and sustainable communities, business networking and development, initiating quality workforce and investment opportunities, ensuring attractive and well designed commercial and residential projects, and providing for the economic prosperity of the City.

The City's Economic Development programs aim to improve the community by  utilizing public and private resources in a way that has a positive impact on the business activity, employment, income distribution, and fiscal sustainability of the City. Examples in which economic development helps our community are:

  • Fostering Private Investment
  • Growing and Sustaining Property Values
  • Job Creation and Development
  • Business Recruitment and Retention
  • Increasing the City's Tax Base
  • Sustaining City Programs and Services
  • Diversification of Retail and Restaurant Offerings 
  • Productive Use of Property
  • Recognition of Local Products; and
  • Improving Quality of Life

The City's Redevelopment programs assist the City in ensuring the community obtains the most productive use of property, eliminates blight from underutilized areas, and achieves a desired development outcome.  Examples in which redevelopment helps our community are:

  • Encouraging New Development
  • Rehabilitation or Reconstruction of Existing Buildings
  • Ensuring Quality Design and Uses for the Community
  • Leveraging Private Investment
  • Purchasing and Clearance of Underutlized Buildings and Land
  • Assisting with Financing Public Infrastructure Improvements; and
  • Ensuring Development of Quality Affordable Housing Projects
The focus of the City’s revitalization efforts has been channeled through the adoption and implementation of its redevelopment plans.  Redevelopment is being planned, initiated, or has been completed in 10 Projects Areas that cover approximately 1043 acres. Click here to view a detailed map of the 10 Projects Areas.
The Northwest El Monte Redevelopment Project Area contains no residential property and is focused on business development and job creation. It encompasses 410 acres of industrial and commercial use land and was adopted in 1993. Current 2010-11 projects in this area include the new City Public Works Yard and the construction of a new customer service center for the California Depatment of Motor Vehicles, and industrial flex space on the site of a former glass jar manufacturar, and the development of the new Gibson-Mariposa community park.  By the summer of 2011, construction will begin on a major road improvement project on Baldwin to create a new railroad grade separation bridge project.  This project will greatly reduce traffic congestion for truck traffic serving major employers nd logistics operations in the Northwest El Monte Redevelopment Project area.
The El Monte Center Project Area was adopted in 1983 and included 60 acres of commercial property. The Redevelopment Agency has assisted in the development of a community shopping center that includes Sears Essentials, Staples, Union Bank, Dearden’s Department Store, and other specialty retail and restaurants. The El Monte Center Project Area is also home to Longo Toyota, the No. 1 auto dealership by sales and volume in the nation as well as Nelson Hond, Ross Nissan and Win Hyundai and iBuyPower, and independent personal computer company.
The Downtown El Monte Project Area was implemented in 1987 and as amended encompasses 444 acres.  Redevelopment efforts have resulted in the development of the Santa Fe Plaza, a neighborhood commercial center that includes El Pollo Loco, H & R Block, Rite Aid, Beneficial Household Bank, and El Sombrero Restaurant.  The TELACU Amador Manor, and the Pacific Towers affordable senior citizen rental housing developments were each assisted by the Agency and private affordable housing opportunities to over 170 households.  Current projects include the Gateway transit oriented development project and on-going cooperation and assistance with Metro for the development of a new facility for the El Monte Transit Station and the activation of the new Ramona-Badillo rapid bus transit corridor.
The Santa Anita/Tyler Project Area was adopted in 1984 and resulted in the development of two 2-story 64,400 square foot office buildings adjacent to the El Monte Airport.
The Plaza El Monte Project Area was adopted in 1981 and contains a neighborhood shopping center that is anchored by Payless Shoe Source and King Taco Restaurant.
The El Monte Plaza Project Area was adopted in 1978 and consists of a neighborhood shopping center that is anchored by Northgate Market, and is surrounded by a number of retail shops, including Baskin Robbins and other food operations.
The East Valley Mall Project Area was the first project area in El Monte. The redevelopment agency issued a bond to assist in the development of El Monte Executive Plaza, a 3 story professional office building. This project area is also currently the site of Citibank branch.


General Information

City Hall West
11333 Valley Boulevard
El Monte, CA. 91731-3293

(626) 580-2249
(626) 580-2293
Hours:  7:30 a.m. -  5:30 p.m.
  Monday through Thursday

Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays


How are we doing?


Resource and Information:

Available Properties 


Existing Projects
Business Directory

New Development and Business Incentives

Redevelopment Project Area Map


Forms and Publications:

 5-Yr. Redevelopment Implementation Plan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Request for Proposal:

2014-2021 General Plan Housing Element Update