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The City Welcomes The New Downey Gateway At Grand Opening

The official Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Photo by John Zander

The official Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
Photo by John Zander

On Tuesday April 30th, the new Downey Gateway Center held its Grand Opening Celebration as the City officially welcomed the center, its tenants and Westland Real Estate Group to Downey.

Mayor Guerra addresses the residents and guests Photo by John Zander

Mayor Guerra addresses the residents and guests
Photo by John Zander

Mayor Guerra and Mayor Pro Tem Vasquez assist in the Pizza Hut Grand Opening Photo by John Zander

Mayor Guerra and Mayor Pro Tem Vasquez assist in the Round Table Grand Opening
Photo by John Zander

The event was attended by residents, Mayor Mario Guerra, Councilman Alex Saab, Councilman Luis Marquez, Councilman Fernando Vasquez, Westland Real Estate Group’s Yanki Greenspan, Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Kotze, Chamber member Leigh Clausen, Fire Chief Lonnie Croom, Police Chief Carl Charles, City Manager Gilbert Livas, Director of Community Development Brian Saeki, and Jessica Aguirre, the reigning Miss Downey and her Princesses.

Photo by John Zander

The Mayor presents a certificate to Fresh Cutt Carving Grill
Photo by John Zander

Mayor Guerra welcomed Yanki Greenspan and Westland Real Estate Group as he addressed the attending residents and presented him with an official certificate form the city. Welcomes and certificates were also extended to the owners and management of the cities newest restaurants at the Gateway center. The Grand Opening also included a DJ, a raffle and a magician.

Mayor Guerra and the young raffle winners Photo by John Zander

Mayor Guerra and the young raffle winners
Photo by John Zander

Downey’s residents have really responded to the new restaurants at the Gateway. The center is also bringing a lot of out of town dollars to the city. The common complaint is the parking. Well, there is some relief in that area. Downey’s Director of Community Development Brian Saeki has been working very closely with Westland Real Estate Group from the early stages of the project. He suggests there are several public parking lots available to patrons in the immediate area including the parking lot in front of Fresh and Easy and the 4-story parking structure on Second St. Greenspan also suggested that some of the centers employees will be parking off site, so that will free up a lot of space on the property.

The new tenants include,

Starfish Sushi and Noodle World will be open soon. All of the others are open and doing great business! If you have not yet been to the Downey Gateway, I think you will like all of the different food choices. It is one of those places you can go to when you are hungry and make up your mind on what to eat once you get there.

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One Response to The City Welcomes The New Downey Gateway At Grand Opening

  1. Remember Downey Reply

    May 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    The issue is not number of parking spaces it’s the size. This lot and adjacent parking was not well thought out. The spaces are so close together that you barely can pass.

    I can’t believe the city allowed the parking to be like it is. It is probably one of the worst layouts I have ever seen. You would expect this in an old established center not one when they reconfigured the spaces.

    It’s a cluster! Maybe when the city, developers, ect get sued after the first accident they will do something.

    But probably not…city is more concerned with bringing more low income, transitional housing to the city and allowing developers to create their own rules. Downey Gateway sign sure is nice but anyone remember with Arthur’s on Lakewood had to take theirs down? Or the Aveneue? Guess each developer can set their own demands

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