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Empty Lot
updated: Feb 03, 2013, 1:35 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

What is the story about the big, empty lot next to Super Rica?

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 COMMENT 370495 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 01:54 PM

It's a big empty lot next to Super Rica's and listed as the former future home of SBKitchens. Maybe it's a future EPA superfund clean up site. I hear it's a fun place for kids in the hood to their kicks. What story are you looking for?

Please be a wee bit more specific if you want salient or specific answers. :-)

 

 COMMENT 370496 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 01:56 PM

Soil is contaminated. Too costly to remove and replace. Too bad owner(Super Rica) was going to expand his operations.

 

 COMMENT 370507 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:38 PM

495, I hope you are not talking about pumped up kicks.

 

 COMMENT 370552P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 06:12 PM

The owner was my Spanish teacher at SBCC, about 100 yrs ago!! Isi Gonzales very nice guy.

 

 COMMENT 370566 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 08:25 PM

wasn't there a used bookstore there years ago. with a roundish room?

 

 COMMENT 370579P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 10:25 PM

Soon to be the new super rica.

 

 COMMENT 370582P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 01:23 AM

496 has it right. Soil contamination is the reason this land sits and sits and sits empty. Can't say it breaks my heart. Kind of nice to see some open space.

 

 COMMENT 370590 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 06:50 AM

The super funky architecture, small scale and open space next door are such a great reminder of what most of this town looked like before Stepfordization. Super rica is a little gold mine, I am kind of glad they are not going the full scale 'heap leaching' gold mine approach.(full extraction @ any cost)

 

 COMMENT 370598 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:37 AM

If it's contaminated, maybe he can sell it to LA Unified?

 

 LEAHKING agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:39 AM

yes, the little book store was called the hare in the field. sad to see it go, years ago...

 

 COMMENT 370618 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 08:48 AM

A great idea for contaminated soil is to leave it exposed, so it gets rained on and drains into the watershed. And so when the wind blows it gets in your lungs. Much, much MUCH better idea than putting a new building over it that would keep the soil dry and contained and mitigate risk.

 

 COMMENT 370629 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 09:24 AM

@618 for the win! Yeah, kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?

 

 COMMENT 370631 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 09:29 AM

I lived up the street until recently, and I've always thought the lot should be opened as an "unofficial" parking lot for Super Rica. When people are trying to park or dash across Milpas to get to the restaurant, there are too many close calls. Otherwise, the land should be seeded with native wildflowers.

 

 COMMENT 370637 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 09:56 AM

618/REX... yeah, mitigate the risk except to those living in the building.

 

 CABINETMAKER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:18 AM

I believe that the old dairy that used to occupy that lot had an underground fuel tank that was removed when Isador bought the lot. I do not believe that there was any major contamination. He had and may still have dreams of a bigger restaurant but has not had time to pull it together. He let customers park on the lot until the City made demands that were cost prohibitive and Isador just decided to chain it off. It's too bad. It would make a nice community garden, though, if the City would not interfere.

 

 COMMENT 370649 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:41 AM

Contaminated, schmaminated - who cares? Something's gotta get you eventually. Get rid of these stifling regulations and let a little guy expand and prosper!

 

 COMMENT 370655 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:47 AM

I'm with 649. Regulations are bad. Let people do whatever they want.

 

 COMMENT 370660 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 11:03 AM

I, too, am excited by a regulation-free world ruled by our benevolent corporate overlords. Smog is delicious, you can just taste the particles!

 

 COMMENT 370666 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 11:26 AM

I love the OPEN SPACE. More of it would be great.

 

 COMMENT 370670P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 11:38 AM

Seconding 618 for the win! Leakage from gasoline tanks from gas stations, former dry cleaning locations, and other "normal" activities are our most prolific "super fund" environmentally contaminated sites. Friends who are professionals in the environmental field say that many former corner gas stations require obscenely expensive clean up when they cease operations. It is insane that the regulations and laws are such that whoever the current owner is, is stuck with financial responsibility for clean up ... and that's why so many contaminated sites just sit. It's cheaper and more logical to do nothing than to risk being inundated with clean-up regulations and bills before you can even begin to use the land.

 

 COMMENT 370687P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 01:00 PM

What do readers recommend as a solution for "contaminated" sites? It's easy to be critical, harder to offer workable, fair solutions. Is it known for certain why the area next to Super Rica is empty?

 

 COMMENT 370706 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 02:06 PM

Expanding Super Rica won't make their food any better.

 

 COMMENT 370761 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 04:07 PM

@LEAHKING- Thanks!

 

 COMMENT 370879 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 07:33 AM

When the value of the land increases enough, the cost of remediation will be affordable. It's not rare to clean up a leaking underground tank site. Isador is a savvy real estate investor. Time will come, as it always does.

 

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