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What the F?

No info on what's to replace former F Street sex shop in North Park

F Street Adult Video & Gifts at 2002/2004 University Avenue in North Park has been closed since last year, when it went on sale. The building is now undergoing major interior renovation, with trucks and trash-haulers coming and going lately.

North Park organizations don't seem to know what's going on, and that's unusual.

Edwin Lohr, president of the North Park Community Association, emailed, “I have folks who are wondering.” Vicki Granowitz, a chairperson on theNorth Park Planning Committee, said, “Nothing has come to me.” Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street (the area's business improvement association), said, “I am also searching for new info.”

A worker at the site on September 18 referred any questions to “Brian” at a phone number. The number (according to a Google search) belonged to Symbolic Capital Partners, LLC, with four U.S. offices, including one downtown at 750 B Street. An email for comment was not answered.

The San Diego County Assessor still lists the property owner as "Alma R. Vasic Grantor Retained Annuity Trust." Vasic owns the F Street chain of stores, which has shrunken a bit in the past several years.

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F Street Adult Video & Gifts at 2002/2004 University Avenue in North Park has been closed since last year, when it went on sale. The building is now undergoing major interior renovation, with trucks and trash-haulers coming and going lately.

North Park organizations don't seem to know what's going on, and that's unusual.

Edwin Lohr, president of the North Park Community Association, emailed, “I have folks who are wondering.” Vicki Granowitz, a chairperson on theNorth Park Planning Committee, said, “Nothing has come to me.” Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street (the area's business improvement association), said, “I am also searching for new info.”

A worker at the site on September 18 referred any questions to “Brian” at a phone number. The number (according to a Google search) belonged to Symbolic Capital Partners, LLC, with four U.S. offices, including one downtown at 750 B Street. An email for comment was not answered.

The San Diego County Assessor still lists the property owner as "Alma R. Vasic Grantor Retained Annuity Trust." Vasic owns the F Street chain of stores, which has shrunken a bit in the past several years.

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Dave - "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do" said Hal 9000. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Sept. 22, 2014

HAL: "Just what do you think you're doing, Dave? Dave, I really think I'm entitled to an answer to that question."

Sept. 22, 2014

I'm thinking retail since it's being gutted. Just about anything would be an improvement. "F" Street was a good neighbor while they maintained the building and grounds. Unfortunately, that all changed a couple years ago and it got progressively worse.

Sept. 22, 2014

This is what it looks like inside.

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Sept. 22, 2014

Hope they brought in a Hazmat team to sanitize the joint.

Sept. 23, 2014

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This team could handle the job! Not sure if they're still in business, though.

Sept. 25, 2014

According to a source who contacted the city's Development Services Dept., there are no permits pulled for this project.

Sept. 23, 2014

This has now been verified by a city official, and Code Compliance has been asked to investigate to see if there are any "illegal renovations" going on.

Sept. 25, 2014

To learn more about the project look up Brian C. Woody. Look him up in Superior Court records and the "Rip Off Report."

Sept. 23, 2014

I did read one of the "Rip Off Report" items.

Sept. 24, 2014

UPDATE: The F Street sign has finally been removed!

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Sept. 27, 2014

I'm not letting this project off my radar. There's now graffiti on the building, and also some sort of construction is happening on the second level. I'm still waiting to hear what Code Compliance does, or if they've even shown up there yet for an inspection.

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Sept. 30, 2014

I was finally informed today by Todd Gloria's office that Code Enforcement "issued a $1,000 dollar fine and have noticed the property owners to procure permits at their earliest opportunity. It appears the work being done did require permits, so per the City’s process, they will be required to get approval from the Cty before doing additional work."

Oct. 7, 2014

Is this property on the NW side of the University and Florida intersection?

Oct. 25, 2014

No, it's on the NE side. There's a house on the NW side.

Oct. 25, 2014

"North Park organizations don't seem to know what's going on, and that's unusual."

Well, maybe "North Park organizations" should have bought the property, and then they could know everything about it that they wanted.

Oct. 27, 2014

The North Park neighborhood organizations do NOT buy or own property. Your comment makes NO sense at all. They exist to encourage responsible development, help decrease crime and graffiti, promote North Park with events, and preserve historic sites.

Nov. 1, 2014

John Gerard on FB: It's not surprising F Street closed down there. The neighborhood of North Park has changed totally, and continues to evolve. Plus, people can buy virtually anything online now.

Nov. 11, 2014

Ken Eckert-Neal on FB: It's not likely to be condos (unless the whole building is demolished first). What is your source?

Nov. 12, 2014

December update: Now there's a chainlink fence around the building, and no further construction is going on. Owner Alexander Pellegrino said: "We are finalizing our plans for the city."

Dec. 5, 2014

Notice from the owners of 2002 University Ave.

We appreciate your concern with the rehabilitation of this property. We are currently finalizing our engineering and architectural plans for the property. We are set to have an apparel retail store and real estate office move into the space in 2015. This property will no longer be involved with the Adult Industry! Thank you for all your support in revitalizing the North Park Community.

Dec. 24, 2014

Here's the latest photo, showing the renovation of the building.

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Feb. 8, 2015

And the building is finally getting a new paint job. I shot this today.

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Feb. 20, 2015

August 20 update: The General Store will be the ground floor tenant. I don't know what the rest of the building will be used for, but reportedly a real estate office.

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Aug. 20, 2015

Real estate offices are in the east section of the building. Up above there are apartments. The General Store sells work clothes (Levi's, Dickies, scrubs and chef wear, plus other items).

Feb. 2, 2016

Jan 26, 2019 UPDATE: I went by today and The General Store is gone. There's an eviction notice on the door.

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Jan. 26, 2019

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