EAGLE ROCK – The groundwork is being set to turn a former York Boulevard auto repair shop on the border of Eagle Rock and Highland Park into a cluster of restaurants.
Two buildings located on a 17,000-square-foot property at the corner of York and Munson Avenue are currently up for sale for $2.3 million, with the current owner in the process of seeking building permits to create what the LoopNet listing describes as a future “Highland Park social hub for foodies.” Apparently it would be up to the buyers to finish the job and find tenants for a free-standing, corner restaurant and five, smaller takeout, fast food or “fast casual” restaurants in the back building.
Leasing agent Ante Trinidad said the spaces would be suitable for chain restaurants, independent operators or a combination of both.
The property owners are counting on the gentrification that has transformed York Boulevard to expand to the west in the direction of Eagle Rock. Occidental College, for example, earlier this year purchased a row of York Boulevard storefronts in part to attract new retail and restaurant amenities closer to the campus.
“It’s gentrification creep,” said Trinidad of York’s, block-by-block transformation. “It’s a natural progression.”
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