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Huntington Beach

November 17, 2000|Tariq Malik, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 13

The City Council is scheduled Monday to discuss whether to use eminent domain on two businesses in Huntington Center to clear the way for a shopping center called The Crossings at Huntington Beach.

City officials, as well as representatives from Montgomery Ward and Burlington Coat Factory, are expected to speak during the meeting.

The Irvine-based Ezralow Retail Property LLC is planning to redevelop the 58-acre Huntington Center into an upscale "Italian village" shopping center, generating an estimated $1 million for the city annually in sales and property taxes.

The plan, however, does not include Burlington or Wards, although the latter owns its mall property and Burlington has a 30-year-lease with Ezralow.

City officials have been working with representatives from the companies to relocate the businesses and employees.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall at 2000 Main St.

Information: (714) 536-5227.

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