Main Street Business District

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David Dolphin, Deputy Director of Utilities
(626) 570-3230
111 South First Street
Building Division Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Plan Check Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Comprised of numerous restaurants, retail, service and entertainment venues, as well as the Alhambra Auto Row, the intersection of Main Street and Garfield Avenue has been a center of commerce since 1895. By the 1950s, Main Street took on the upscale look of Wilshire Boulevard's Miracle Mile and was the "in" place in the San Gabriel Valley.In recent years, an intensive revitalization program has led to a variety of dining, entertainment, retail, mixed-use, and auto dealerships, along with the newly-created West Main Street Corridor.


DINING - Choose from American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai, Malaysian, Italian and more. Or, set a date and meet a friend at one of several coffee, tea and juice bars offering indoor/outdoor dining options. 


SHOPPING - Find the latest fashions and home goods at Ross Dress-For-Less, as well as many unique items found at smaller boutiques and retail shops in Downtown Alhambra. 


ENTERTAINMENT - Catch a movie at Edwards Stadium 14 at the Renaissance Plaza, enjoy dancing or sit back and relax to the sounds of rock, jazz and other musical groups that frequent many of the local establishments. 


AUTO ROW - The Main Street Auto Row, located west of Atlantic Boulevard, is known throughout Southern California for its fine auto dealerships.  


NEW CONSTRUCTION - Mixed use facilities, such as the Regency Plaza, Plaza on Main, Main Street Collection, Casita de Zen, Alhambra Pacific Plaza and Alhambra Place combine residential and commercial aspects, providing urban living opportunities for those who prefer to live and work without the commute, or who desire convenient access to retail, medical/hospital facilities, banks and other services. The West Main Street Corridor provides the framework for the redevelopment of Downtown Alhambra between Garfield Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard within the existing “Industrial Added Area A” redevelopment area.

e project created needed retail space (including a Denny's Restaurant), affordable housing for seniors, and the elimination of slum and blight. The project has provided the City with $20,000 per year in sales tax revenue and $44,344 in annual property tax revenue.

New Century BMW dealership: Many of the Main Street Auto Row dealerships were given financial incentives to locate and/or expand, leading to approximately $3.3 million annually in sales tax revenue to the City.

Howard Street Town homes Affordable Housing Project

Main Street - Northwest Corner of First & Main

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