It takes a long-ish memory to recall what, if anything, once stood near Molly Moon’s at 1624 N. 45th. In fact, it was Kitaro Bento Sushi (or is it Kitaro Sushi Bento?) that burned there almost eight and a half years ago as we wrote about here. While we have had periodic updates on the charred remains (Kitaro News Flash: It’s Still a Burned Out Shell), there has been little in the way of action at that property.
But perhaps I’m not the best one to recount such ancient history. When a reader recently wrote to us to say that workmen appeared to be clearing the lot and did we know what was planned, I replied that I had no idea. But in fact, I had an excellent idea if I could only have recalled it. The property is destined to become a 4-story, 12 unit apartment building, as I myself wrote about in December of 2018 . To quote myself, “Amenities will include a rooftop deck, covered bicycle parking and a green space in the back. No parking is required for residents or for businesses that may move in to the ground floor, and none will be constructed.”
It’s not uncommon in this city for property to change hands, plans to be laid, and then to all outward appearances, to have nothing happen for years. But behind the scenes, the city and contractors may be engaged in an intense bureaucratic hurdling match. I checked the records to see if such was going on, and indeed, there has been quite a bit of administrative activity. I see design review documents, public comments, permit applications, community outreach plans, and a rat abatement plan among other items.
But to what do we owe the recent spate of activity on site? Perhaps this Emergency Order, issued January 23 of this year, explains it. The order states that a complaint was received about the property (just one???), and that the owner needs to secure the property against unauthorized entry. The order goes into quite a bit of detail explaining how the property is to be secured; the city has obviously dealt with shirkers before. A deadline of January 28 was given, and I don’t know if the owners made that. But, as the photos show, there will be no entry, authorized or otherwise, now. A similar order was issued back in 2013. Not sure how or if the owners complied at that time.