wtf is happening to w. 39th?!

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Post by kcjak » Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:12 pm

johnmatrix wrote:
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kcjak wrote:
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Source?
The owner of one of the businesses next it. They've already started gutting and putting on a new roof.
interesting. Seems like a bold move since I believe the approval process hasnt even started yet.
That building (house) has been vacant for as long as I can remember - 15+ years? Another nearby property owner told me that the asking price was astronomical, so it languished until now. Along with the new roof, the entire interior has to be gutted and squatters had been breaking in and staying in the basement, so it's equally interesting that someone would pay a lot for the property and a lot for the renovation at this stage.

As someone who lives down the street, I'm happy to see it get renovated and would rather have this than yet another CBS store, head shop or tattoo parlor.

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Re: wtf is happening to w. 39th?!

Post by johnmatrix » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:49 pm

kcjak wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:12 pm
johnmatrix wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:31 am
kcjak wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:01 am


The owner of one of the businesses next it. They've already started gutting and putting on a new roof.
interesting. Seems like a bold move since I believe the approval process hasnt even started yet.
That building (house) has been vacant for as long as I can remember - 15+ years? Another nearby property owner told me that the asking price was astronomical, so it languished until now. Along with the new roof, the entire interior has to be gutted and squatters had been breaking in and staying in the basement, so it's equally interesting that someone would pay a lot for the property and a lot for the renovation at this stage.

As someone who lives down the street, I'm happy to see it get renovated and would rather have this than yet another CBS store, head shop or tattoo parlor.
Don't get me wrong im all for it especially since its very close to my place. Just wasnt aware some businesses have already been approved to sell MMJ.

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Post by tskev » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:25 am

Hasn't been mentioned yet, but the Smalter Gallery opened up in 1802 W 39th St. They did a beautiful renovation of the space, which was previously in very rough shape. They even have before and after pictures inside. It adds an interesting mix to the street, I hope they do well.

https://smalterart.com/

https://www.instagram.com/smalterart/

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Post by grovester » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:28 pm

Terrifying. A fire on 39th could get out of hand quick.

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Post by kcjak » Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:53 am

Not sure about the validity of this, but someone commented on our neighborhood association FB page that Mia used to have a Chinese restaurant on that lot, in a building that fronted the street. It was destroyed by fire and Mia built the current strip and parking lot. Makes one wonder how long she's been in the insurance scam business.

The article mentions that she was in danger of losing the property...I'd hate to lose Bob Wasabi, but would love to see new ownership of the buildings and someone restore the exterior of the hookah lounge.

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Post by kboish » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:23 am

I recall reading a rumor on this board awhile back that a developer was trying to purchase the property to redevelop it. The rumor was that she refused to sell because the developer was going to do apartments over retail.

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Post by WinchesterMysteryHouse » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:50 am

Bob Wasabi, best sushi in town.
This is a major story for Midtown. Does the same landlord own the building that houses Prospero's?

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Post by WSPanic » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:59 am

Finally. A story befitting the thread title.

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Post by kcjak » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:36 am

Apparently there are new owners of the property and rumors are that they are planning some sort of mixed use development. The liquor store's lease was not extended and their last day in business is near. A few people on the neighborhood FB page voiced displeasure on the new development unless all of the apartments are cheap so people can afford to live there. Good grief.

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Post by kboish » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:24 am

kcjak wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:36 am
Apparently there are new owners of the property and rumors are that they are planning some sort of mixed use development. The liquor store's lease was not extended and their last day in business is near. A few people on the neighborhood FB page voiced displeasure on the new development unless all of the apartments are cheap so people can afford to live there. Good grief.
I'm old enough to remember when people complained about apartments because they didn't want poor people to live near them.

Makes me wonder if they're being disingenuous... :-k

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Post by WSPanic » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:35 am

They want lower income apartments in hopes that the tenants don't have cars.

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Post by FangKC » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:12 pm

The building with the hookah lounge and laundromat used to be the auditorium portion of the Giles Theater.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/39727

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Post by kcjak » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:31 am

The Meatball District, most recently just 'The District' has been sold and changed over to Vera Marie's Comfort Food. Someone from the neighborhood FB group said no alcohol is being sold (owner says her Christian values won't permit it) and prices are high ($7 smoothies, $12 burgers) for what you get.

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Post by brewcrew1000 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:04 am

Is that Jersey Pizza place still open? I remember seeing some kind of Jersey style pizza place or something.

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Post by kcjak » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:39 am

brewcrew1000 wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:04 am
Is that Jersey Pizza place still open? I remember seeing some kind of Jersey style pizza place or something.
Nope - they lasted only a short while...space is empty again with a for rent sign on it.

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Post by brewcrew1000 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:09 am

Was the lunch crowd on W 39th ever dependent on KU Med? I've heard KU med built this amazing Cafeteria inside KU med so a lot of the KU Med business is drying up, i believe it was a big reason why Topp'd Pizza closed up
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Re: wtf is happening to w. 39th?!

Post by kcjak » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:04 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:09 am
Was the lunch crowd on W 39th ever dependent on KU Med? I've heard KU med built this amazing Cafeteria inside KU med so a lot of the KU Med business is drying up, i believe it was a big reason why Topp'd Pizza closed up
Not sure, but I could see it affecting Topp'd - the Subway next door now closes at 5pm during the week and is completely closed on the weekends.

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Re: wtf is happening to w. 39th?!

Post by johnmatrix » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:47 am

brewcrew1000 wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:04 am
Is that Jersey Pizza place still open? I remember seeing some kind of Jersey style pizza place or something.
Nope that owner was a TOTAL nutjob. He harrassed customers who gave him bad reviews. I believe he's currently fighting a few court cases.

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