By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
Image, left: Artist's rendering of the apartment project slated to be built on the former police station site on Allison Avenue
Oct. 14, 2021 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa City Council voted 3-0 on Tuesday to approve development of the old police headquarters' site, where an apartment project is slated for construction.
Mayor Mark Arapostathis, Vice Mayor Jack Shu, and Councilman Colin Parent voted in favor. Councilman Bill Baber abstained due to a conflict of interest. One seat remains vacant, with a November 2 special election set to fill the vacancy.
The council also approved creation of an arts and culture commission during the October 12th Council meeting.
In addition, Juneteenth, a new federal holiday, will now be officially observed in La Mesa, commemorating the emancipation of African Americans from slavery. The order reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.