Southeast corner of University Avenue and Louisiana Street
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The long-empty lot on the southeast corner of University Avenue and Louisiana Street is for sale again. The .21-acre property comprises two separate legal parcels, located at 2305 and 2307 University Avenue. Asking price is $895,000. The property is zoned CL-2, which allows commercial or mixed-use development.

The site was once the location of His & Hers Salon, reportedly opened in 1984. Recently, until a new chain-link fence was erected, the empty site had become a camping ground for transients. Such individuals still hang out around the house next door or on the sidewalk outside Albertsons.

Joan Moore lives with husband Harold just steps away from the property, in a recently remodeled family home on Louisiana Street. Moore said the lot has been graded for about seven years. “It would be nice to have another mixed-use commercial place with their own parking on the south entrance of the building,” she said.

Danny Fitzgerald at Cassidy Turley (the real estate company listing the property) told the Reader, “We have offers but nothing has been accepted yet.” Fitzgerald added that he'd like to “get this stretch of University cleaned up, as it's such a great location between Hillcrest and North Park.”

Fitzgerald has goals shared by the North Park Planning Committee and North Park Community Association, which want significant improvements along the University Avenue corridor.

“I know of a few developments in the works," Fitzgerald said, "but would love to help get five to ten more going.” He wants more “walking, biking, cafés, loft projects, creative offices, and [to] take back the streets from the car-dominated stretch.”

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SanCarlosGuy Aug. 10, 2013 @ 12:18 p.m.

This stretch of University is definitly ripe for development. Perhaps, a small reatail outlet with two story lofts would be ideal and in keeping with the residential and business needs of the highly walkable area. The buildings directly east of the empty lot could also use a clean-up/re-use.

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dwbat Aug. 10, 2013 @ 1:02 p.m.

Yes, a bulldozer-induced-renovation all the way up to Texas St. would be a huge improvement, until new buildings were erected.

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Founder Aug. 10, 2013 @ 1:52 p.m.

This area is known by many locals as "The Gulch".

Because it is such a thin stripe of Commercially zoned land, it will create huge impacts to the residential housing next door, when this area is developed to the maximum height allowed (Think 4 or 5 stories)!

All comments about limiting heights of new construction to protect nearby residential housing from getting over shadowed by 2+ stories of new construction is just baloney, since it is happening in North Park, see the North Parker project on 30th at Upas St and the Old Post Office Building at North Park Way and Grim Ave for perfect examples of how DENSITY is lowering the quality of life in North Park, thanks to our Leaders failure to support local homeowners instead of developers who wish to cash in.

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dwbat Oct. 19, 2013 @ 4:04 p.m.

Lately. the only thing new I've noticed at the site are political signs posted on the fence.

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