The Wilshire Village Apartments at Alabama and Dunlavy have been surrounded with a chain link fence topped with barbed wire since Friday, reports a Swamplot reader. And over at the Chronicle, Nancy Sarnoff confirms that the now-vacant complex is “set to be demolished.”
Swamplot readers may especially enjoy parsing this passage:
In 2005, the owner announced plans to tear it down and possibly build an upscale tower in its place.
Matt Dilick, a commercial real estate developer who controls the partnership that owns Wilshire Village, said the demolition process will start “relatively soon.”
“The buildings are unsafe, and for numerous years prior groups have not kept the buildings maintained or the property up to city code,” he said. “The dilapidated buildings are an eyesore to the public and to the numerous homeowners and businesses in the area.”
Helpful hint: the “owner” who announced plans to tear down the complex way back in 2005 was . . . Matt Dilick.
Extra credit: Unwrap the sequence of events Sarnoff gently suggests in this passage:
After an inspection in January uncovered building and fire code violations, the owner gave the tenants 30 days to move out, according to public works official Doug Anders.
“The ownership had already decided to vacate the property for demolition,” he said.
Dilick won’t say what his plans are for the 8-acre park-like property, but tells Sarnoff the site “is best suited for apartments, shops and a hotel.”
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- Wilshire Village coverage [Swamplot]
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