By Erika Martin | Reporter
The tsunami of changes prompted by the Rick Caruso redevelopment on Swarthmore swept through the Palisades last week as the Pacific Palisades Farmers Market reopened at its new location, the City National Bank revealed its future location and the first tenant at Caruso’s Palisades Village project was officially named.
Crowds flocked to the Farmers market temporary home at Palisades Charter High School on Sunday, July 24—one of the hottest days of the year so far.
All the regular traders were there, some who had driven up to four hours to serve Palisadians.
Some shoppers felt it lacked the “urban vibe” of its previous location on Swarthmore, others felt it should be on flatter ground, but all appreciated the wider walkways and easier parking.
The market is expected to stay at Pali High until Caruso’s Palisades Village development on Swarthmore is finished in two years.
City National Bank, also in the construction area, has announced it will remain in the Palisades, relocating to 843 Via De La Paz in 2017.
Currently there are three business spaces at 843 Via De La Paz including All Pro health nutrition and a two-person service company. Last week they said they were unsure if and when they have to make way for the bank.
City National representative Debora Vrana was unable to say whether the bank will occupy all or some of the spaces, but confirmed it will cover 1,500 square feet.
It remains unclear when City National’s Swarthmore location will shutter, partially because of federal banking oversight issues.
But the new location is expected to be open for business next year.
The bank said the new City National branch will be full service and offer the same range of services as its current Palisades location.
Bob Benton also announced his store, community landmark Bentons Sports Shop, is the first to officially sign a letter of intent to return to the completed Palisades Village project when it is completed.
The family-owned recreational goods store has been in the Palisades for nearly 35 years.
At the beginning of August Swarthmore Avenue will be closed to through traffic beginning 100 feet past the alley to Monument Street.
The sidewalks on the south side of Swarthmore and west side of Monument will be closed to pedestrian access as well.
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