Cottonwood Plaza rehab continues

cottonwood3_1_13Trouble for Cottonwood Plaza in Bishop started nearly five years ago with the eventual closure and fencing of the center. Although the plaza did sell and has undergone rehabilitation, it is still closed. Architect and spokesman on the project, Tom Schaniel  said the owner did have to focus on other business responsibilities but is now back on track with Cottonwood.

Schaniel said that there is a new wave of activity and owner Liz Eslamiyeh is “pushing hard for tenants.” He said there are a number who are interested in locating in the Cottonwood Plaza. Last spring, Eslamiyeh had hired Rudolph Construction as the general contractor to oversee plaza renovations. Rudolph’s crews did go to work on the front building. Schaniel said it is nearly ready for tenant improvements. The back building still needs some electrical service upgrade.

In the few months of inactivity, rumors began to fill the void – rumors of lawsuits. Schaniel said there is no truth to that rumor. He said the first wave of the new owner was to get infrastructure improved. She then turned to other business matters. Now she is back on Cottonwood with the focus on tenant improvements and paving and landscaping most likely in the spring.

Crews have lately also worked on the former Burger King building. Schaniel said that the owner is entertaining possibilities of various franchises locating there. Meanwhile, there have been some break-ins and vandalism. Crews are opening up the formerly boarded up building to improve security. They are also repairing the vandalism.

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5 Responses to Cottonwood Plaza rehab continues

  1. Trouble December 6, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    I hope we get someone to compete with Vons. What they charge us here , compared to their other stores, is criminal.

  2. enoughalready December 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    At this point I would like to chime in with the ever so popular comment of – “They should open a Trader Joes.”

  3. Davo December 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    If the developer of this property had the foresight and ambition to redeveloped with an eye towards pedestrian-friendly mixed-use commercial with residential above, including a complete redesign of the bland 80’s architecture, tenants (both commercial and residential) would be beating down the door. Instead, because of weak City architectural and design standards, we get lipstick on a pig.

    • Shine December 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      Bishop lucky to get owner that pays property taxes and didn’t just let it fall down. You should have made higher offer.

  4. Charles O. Jones December 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    It would be nice to eventually see this property become viable again. It has become quite an eyesore and an attractive nuisance for the community of Bishop.


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