ECHO PARK — Only a few weeks after going up for rent at more than $2,400 a month, the former Beatrice Valenzuela shop has apparently been leased to a new tenant. But who is it?
Workers are currently remodeling the narrow, 375-square-foot space in the red-brick Del Mor apartment building – aka Grafton Lofts – in the 1500 block of Echo Park Avenue. It’s not clear who has rented the space but one person said it looks to be a stationery or paper store but that could not be verified.
Meanwhile, a few storefronts down in the same building, a notice taped to the front of the now vacant El Batey market says that a group called EP Pacific LLC has applied for a state license to sell beer and wine from the location. That group is controlled by Karl Slovin, whose company owns the building. In some cases, property owners will secure an alcohol license to attract a tenant to fill an empty space but it’s not clear why Slovin’s group has applied for the license. The Eastsider has contacted the brokerage trying to fill the space but has not heard back.
The former neighborhood grocery store closed last June in the face of a large rent increase. The space has remained vacant ever since, with the owner recently reducing the nearly $6,000-a-month asking rent to attract a tenant.