Park La Brea News reports that by the end of August, Trader Joe’s will stand alone in the Movietown Plaza in West Hollywood, as every other shop in the center received letters this past week from owner Casden Properties to vacate in preparation for a new development.
These types of stories never seem to be pleasant, usually yielding charges that the developers are being heavy handed and unfair. And that is the case here as well.
Notices informing tenants that they would have to vacate almost immediately just came after the West Hollywood City Council voted on June 21 to give the developer $75 million in tax-exempt state bonds for the project to support the low-income housing component.
The development will be replacing the aging shopping center on Santa Monica Blvd., between Fuller Avenue and Poinsettia Place.
For some tenants, like Rao Batchu, owner of The Bombay Grill, uncertainty lingers with less than six weeks to find a new location. For others, like Linda Kim, owner of the Fashion Bank for 15 years, it means the end of business altogether.
“I can’t complain – we are on a month-by-month lease,” Kim said to Park La Brea News. “But it would’ve been nice to have six more months to properly move.”
For more, check out the extensive article at Park La Brea News with more from the tenants facing eviction, and the detailed background coverage of the project at Curbed LA.
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