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The Downtown Scene…Morgan Hill Downtown Is Open For Business During Construction! Even though the street narrowing project did not receive approval from the City Council, extensive efforts to make Downtown Morgan Hill more attractive and vibrant continue. Residents are encouraged to support downtown businesses. The Parking Structure Utility Undergrounding The structure is taking shape. Some Thursdays will have a 5:00 am construction start time. The structure itself is scheduled for completion in late September; landscape and hardscape by the end of October and project completion in mid November. Views of the building progress are available through the fence. Huntington Station is open during construction. Work continues on 1st, 2nd and 4th Streets. Expect parking interruptions and traffic delays. Tentative completion in mid December Third Street Plaza Limited work at this time. Some parking interruptions. More hardscape construc- tion in September & October. Monterey Road Streetscape Work continues on the inside lanes; work will move to the left (median) lanes when the inside lanes are completed. Tentative completion is scheduled for the end of October. Downtown Parks Plans are being shared with community and the Parks & Recreation Commission. Conceptual design will go to City Council in September. Downtown Art Projects Are progressing as planned. The Third & Monterey temporary Pop Up Park will stay in place till January. Expect some minor inter- ruptions and parking lot closures due to survey work. The Downtown Redevelopment Properties Are All Progressing Property #1 The Granada and the Downtown Mall The City has entered into exclusive discussions with Leal Vineyards LLC. Leal’s plans to reopen the Granada as an entertainment venue and demolish the mall and construct a market hall/restaurant and boutique hotel. Property #2 The South East corner of 2nd and Monterey Lonestar Development has closed escrow and is working on additional issues. Property #3 Depot Center City Ventures completed their due diligence for the purchase option. Relocation efforts are underway for nine eligible downtown businesses. Property #4 Third and Monterey (location of the Pop-Up Park) The City is negotiating exclusively with Kenneth Rodrigues and Partners, Inc./Imwalle Properties, Inc. on the development of this site. Initial plans call for two restaurants, outdoor dining and some retail space. 68 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 gmhtoday.com