A Four Corners strip mall severely damaged in a fire in October may soon be rebuilt.
According to City of Union City staff, the property owner of the Alvarado Place Shopping Center, located at 31875 Alvarado Blvd., has submitted preliminary plans for reconstruction.
The property owner is proposing to demolish the damaged area and rebuild it exactly as it was before the fire, according to a city newsletter released last week.
The shopping center would have to be brought up to current code, which includes the installation of fire sprinklers.
City staff are also asking the property owner to upgrade the building’s architecture and improve its lighting. The Alvarado Place Shopping Center is the only Four Corners strip mall that has not been renovated since being built in the 1970s, according to the city.
The property owner, however, has not indicated when the reconstruction will begin, the city said.
An Oct. 10, 2012 blaze ripped through the shopping center, gutting nine businesses and causing the roof to collapse over several of them. The businesses, including a beauty salon, a travel agency, a grocery store and multiple restaurants, have been defunct since.
Business owners were left devastated by the fire, some claiming to have lost up to $300,000 in inventory and merchandise.
Though it’s been several months since the fire, the cause has yet to be determined, an Alameda County Fire Department spokeswoman told Patch Monday.