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North Park Eyesore to Become Irish Pub?

The storefront at 3020 University Avenue, halfway between 30th and Ohio streets
The storefront at 3020 University Avenue, halfway between 30th and Ohio streets

North Park has a few empty stores, including the long-vacant old Woolworth building at 3067 University Avenue. But a worse eyesore is at 3020 University Avenue, next to the cigarette store at 3018 University. The building at one time housed a women's fashion store; most previously it was a Price Breakers 88 Cents store. The space occupied by both storefronts was once the historic Ramona Theater, built in 1926.

The building's glass front is now covered with graffiti, paint blotches, scratches, and dirt. Pigeon droppings are provided by the “rats with wings” living in the building. The space has high ceilings, with about 3,100-square feet of ground-floor space and approximately 1,200 square feet of mezzanine (once the movie theater’s balcony).

Omar Passons, a board member at North Park Community Association, described it as “an awful storefront.” Nikki Berdy, president of the association, said they have a program called “Keeping an Eye on North Park.” Speaking of the program, Berdy said “We've offered to redo some buildings, but the landlords won't even respond to our offer letters.”

Passons said in an email: “We hadn't taken a look at this [building]. Our first idea was to look at the entry points to North Park, but it has broadened a bit…. One thing we'll cover is whether to focus on helping residential blocks versus commercial properties like this one.”

According to Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street (a business improvement district), the building owner plans to open an Irish restaurant and bar. The owner has applied for a full liquor license, she said, and all property development is on hold until then.

The county assessor lists the property owners as Kevin and Elena Gallagher, and Anthony Fleming. A Google search indicated they comprise Gg Enterprises, LLC, and currently own two Irish pubs in Ocean Beach: Gallagher’s and the Harp.

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The storefront at 3020 University Avenue, halfway between 30th and Ohio streets
The storefront at 3020 University Avenue, halfway between 30th and Ohio streets

North Park has a few empty stores, including the long-vacant old Woolworth building at 3067 University Avenue. But a worse eyesore is at 3020 University Avenue, next to the cigarette store at 3018 University. The building at one time housed a women's fashion store; most previously it was a Price Breakers 88 Cents store. The space occupied by both storefronts was once the historic Ramona Theater, built in 1926.

The building's glass front is now covered with graffiti, paint blotches, scratches, and dirt. Pigeon droppings are provided by the “rats with wings” living in the building. The space has high ceilings, with about 3,100-square feet of ground-floor space and approximately 1,200 square feet of mezzanine (once the movie theater’s balcony).

Omar Passons, a board member at North Park Community Association, described it as “an awful storefront.” Nikki Berdy, president of the association, said they have a program called “Keeping an Eye on North Park.” Speaking of the program, Berdy said “We've offered to redo some buildings, but the landlords won't even respond to our offer letters.”

Passons said in an email: “We hadn't taken a look at this [building]. Our first idea was to look at the entry points to North Park, but it has broadened a bit…. One thing we'll cover is whether to focus on helping residential blocks versus commercial properties like this one.”

According to Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street (a business improvement district), the building owner plans to open an Irish restaurant and bar. The owner has applied for a full liquor license, she said, and all property development is on hold until then.

The county assessor lists the property owners as Kevin and Elena Gallagher, and Anthony Fleming. A Google search indicated they comprise Gg Enterprises, LLC, and currently own two Irish pubs in Ocean Beach: Gallagher’s and the Harp.

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It sure is an eyesore in a fast improving area. A moderately priced, unique restaurant would do well in that location. Maybe, add a few tables outside and they'd have a nice lunch/dinner crowd.

Aug. 1, 2012

The way the entrance is set back from the sidewalk, it lookslike there would be room for some small tables.

Aug. 1, 2012

More graffiti has been added. Here's a pic from August 23. And the owner still does nothing!

Aug. 23, 2012

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Maybe the owner should just unlock the front door, and let homeless move in!

Aug. 23, 2012

And like growing cancer, it just gets worse. This is a photo from today.

None

Feb. 24, 2013

I e-mailed Todd Gloria's office months ago about this eyesore and never heard back from his staff. Maybe, he now has his focus on downtown interest.

Feb. 24, 2013

Finally there's been some action from the City. They posted an abatement notice on March 27 against the property owners.

April 6, 2013

It's now August 25, and the place still looks like crap.

Aug. 25, 2013

Update: The place remains an eyesore. The out-of-neighborhood owners don't care.

Nov. 1, 2014

December 8, 2015 update: The site is still a mess, and a blight on the neighborhood. One wonders if it will ever be rented out.

Dec. 8, 2015

October 11, 2016 update: The building exterior got a new paint job, so it looks presentable for now.

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Oct. 11, 2016

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