Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Glendale Kia leaves Glassell Park behind

Kia Glendale

The former Glendale Kia in Glassell Park

GLASSELL PARK — Glendale Kia is now actually in Glendale.  Despite its name, Glendale Kia had operated for many years in Glassell Park, where some residents had been annoyed by the Korean auto dealer’s refusal to acknowledge its Glassell Park location. But last week Glendale Kia moved to Brand Boulevard within the Glendale city limits.

Back in Glassell Park, the Glendale Kia signs have been removed from the San Fernando Road car lot and replaced by signs and a billboard for Cars911, a used car dealership. Pictures of Onnik Mehrabian, who owns Kia Glendale, also appear on the Cars911 billboard.

The Eastsider could not reach Mehrabian to explain the move. Last year, Mehrabian found himself in the middle of a feud between termed out City Councilman Ed Reyes and his replacement, Gil Cedillo, over a plan to sell a small plot of city-owned land to the car dealer, according to the L.A. Times. Cedillo opposed the sale while Reyes, according to the Times, “said he was looking to keep a pivotal business from leaving the city.”

It appears the sale, according to City Council records,  never took place.

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  1. Good riddance – we locals tooling up and down San Fernando have had to endure so many car lot salesdudes doing sudden illegal left hand turns in and out of that location – one less traffic impediment on this very busy street. They should give the space to the nearby Sotomayor high school!

  2. Actually there has been a long standing lawsuit against Mehrabian and the now defunct Ritz Leasing (Max Malayeri) down the street.
    Reyes is a sleazeball after he got thousand of dollars out of Ritz Leasing in community contributions he sided with them. Then switched his support over to Mehrabian. The lawsuit actually moved Kia out of Cypress Park with a large judgement for Ritz Leasing. It has been in litigation for years.

  3. glassell parker

    replacing a car dealership with another car dealership? awesome.

  4. Maybe this location would make a great skate park for the youth of Cypress/Glassell/Mt.Wash

  5. Can’t say I’m sad to see them go. Unfortunately this will probably have little impact on the worsening traffic situation on San Fernando. The construction of the tenements will likely flood the one remaining lane with even more cars.

    • Traffic backs up at the freeway entrances and at red lights – that isn’t a crisis, that is normal.

      If you want to drive on an intersection-less road the 5 freeway is just on the other side of the river.

      • A four lane road is reduced to two lanes, add two new traffic lights and a ton of new housing. I guess Westside traffic is your “normal.” The loss of a lane on Colorado, Eagle Rock and San Fernando (soon Figueroa) will surely lead to more “normality.”

        Good thing it’s not a crisis.

  6. Another Glassell Park business that refuses to acknowledge its location: Eagle Rock Brewery

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