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.”