Westgate Shopping Center, 1980s

The renovation and improvement of the Westgate Shopping Center has been a continuing project for the Redevelopment Agency from the early 1980s through its completion in 1993. What is most remarkable about Westgate is that it appears as one shopping center, but is actually the result of agreements with several individual owners. A uniform architectural theme and shared parking unite the Center, although it is in six separate ownerships. To improve Westgate, the Agency entered into agreements with the six owners. The contracts provided that the Agency would make 6% interest loans for the renovation of the buildings and would improve Main Street through the Center, in exchange for the owners adopting a single architectural “look”, and sharing parking. The Center generates increased sales and jobs for the community, and has increased its property value by more than $3 million.