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Bellflower seeks new economic development director

BELLFLOWER — The City Council here hired Alliance Resource Consulting of Long Beach May 11, to find a new economic development director to replace Brian Lee, who has resigned as of May 29 to accept a similar position with the city of Covina.

City Manager Jeffrey L. Stewart said “a highly skilled professional” is needed to assume the responsibility of guiding Bellflower’s continued development.

The council allocated up to $24,500 for the Alliance fee.

“The Economic Development Department is currently overseeing the development of several important projects in Bellflower,” Stewart said in a written report to the council. “It is critical that the city is successful in recruiting a skilled professional for the soon-to-be vacant position.”

Lee has been with the city for 13 years and was involved in the development of several public sites such as the Library Plaza, the Town Center Plaza and Pirate Park at Friendship Square on Bellflower Boulevard.

Commercial development in recent years has included several restaurants on Bellflower Boulevard along with the Belmont condominium project at Bellflower Boulevard and Belmont across from Friendship Square.

Ongoing projects include condominiums on Alondra Boulevard and Bellflower Boulevard along with the Fire Museum banquet center on Bellflower Boulevard south of the Historic Depot.