You’d think some developer would have torn it down and built far too many units with no parking by now. City seems content to let these rat infested blights sit there for decades. Remember that slumlord they finally went after for hundreds of housing and property issues?
Here comes the wrath of Nellie.
Do you mean me (though I spell my name with a Y)? Why would I be concerned about this post? I thought it was your area of expertise…Pork Pie should have added IRON BULL!!!
According to the last time I explored Kitaro, and I have done it many times. it is owned by one woman who hates to sell it because it reminds her of her deceased husband. The building has failed inspection by the city several times.
It is a health hazard. My understanding is that Molly Moon has unsuccessfully tried to purchase it over the past few years.
Maybe someone else can do the research on the current status.
A burned out, hazardous, eyesore of a building reminds her of her husband? That must have been a fun marriage.
If anyone is ever speaking to the owner, I’d like her to know that there are investors out there (me) who would be flexible in making an agreement for future use of the property – it could BETTER remind her of her husband as a community resource as than an eyesore.
From the looks of establishments along 45th, many if not all the storefronts with staying power, own the property. A restaurant, or whatever, that rents, will be bled dry and replaced with the next victim.
Wonder if some kind of community land trust deal would lend itself to the ideal of a healthy new storefront owner. As far as I know the existing CLTs deal with residential, but it might be perfect for commercial uses like this – stable alternative to tenancy that’s immune to speculative pressures etc.
Is the popsicle place still selling popsicles?
Yep. The banana chocolate ones are on point. But I am as surprised as anyone else that it’s so far avoiding the 45th st curse
This is helpful info. I hope Kitaro’s problem is resolved some time.
Is Kitaro’s salvageable? What if someone cleaned it up and opened a store?
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