Economic Development

Duarte: A Business Friendly City

Economic Development Strategy

Duarte recently developed an Economic Development Strategy for 2011 – 2015 in a partnership with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). The mission of the LAEDC is to attract, retain, and grow businesses and jobs in Los Angeles County.

Most Business Friendly City Finalist

For the second consecutive year, the City of Duarte has been named one of five finalists for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Most Business-Friendly City Award in the category of cities with a population of 60,000 and under. In Los Angeles County, 58 cities have populations below 60,000. Click here to read the LAEDC press release.

Retail Projects

On the City Council, we work to bring new businesses into Duarte by facilitating the planning process so that development can move forward. Duarte has successfully brought coveted retailers to our town, most recently Fresh & Easy and Best Buy.

Fresh & Easy

Fresh & Easy

The Fresh & Easy Store at Huntington and Mt. Olive opened in 2009 bringing a whole new look and feel to the center.

Best Buy

Best Buy

Qdoba, Tutti Frutti, & B-Man's Teriyaki

Opening in 2009, Duarte’s Best Buy has served as a regional draw for shoppers in search of new appliances or the latest electronics. The same center now is home to Qdoba Mexican Grill, Tutti Fruti Frozen Yogurt, and B-mans Teriyaki and Burgers.




The Duarte Sonic opened in 2010 and is the closest Sonic location to the City of Los Angeles. Sonic serves cherry limeades and other treats in the best car-hop tradition.

New Housing Developments

While home construction stagnates nationwide, demand for attractive market-rate and affordable housing is strong in Duarte.

Huntington Courts

Huntington Courts

Huntington Courts

Phase 1 of Duarte Huntington Courts has been well received and Phase II is under construction.

Andres Duarte Terrace

Andres Duarte Terrace Senior Housing

The recently completed Andres Duarte Terrace development by Southern California Presbyterian Homes is providing needed affordable housing for Duarte seniors.

Santa Teresita

Construction at Santa Teresita

Big changes are in store at Santa Teresita. As you can see by the pictures, the old hospital has been torn down and the initial construction for the 1st Rose Gardens cottage has broken ground. For more information see:

Other Projects



The Maryvale Family Resource and Early Education Center opened its Duarte campus in 2011. The Center provides jobs, child daycare services, and a full-range of support services to families and youth.

City of Hope Expansion

Beckman Center

Gonda Center

Helford Hospital

City of Hope continues to expand with the recent construction of the latest Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics and Tumor Immunology and the Gonda Diabetes and Genetic Research Center. The Beckman Center was completed in 2009 and the Gonda Center four-story, 41,000-square-foot expansion was completed in 2010. The Helford Hospital opened in 2005 and is among the most advanced hospitals in the nation.

©2012 John Fasana