San Diego, 741 F Street, demolition continues on this historic warehouse to make room for surface parking. Until recently, the building was being used by International Male and Braun Clothing. It was a key component of the low key retail district “Behind the Post Office” (name of several alternative clothing stores that occupied the neighborhood in the nineties) around F St. and 8th through 7th Avenues. The demolished building is one of several downtown buildings owned by the late Morris Slayen, who attractively remodeled warehouse and other historic properties downtown as office and retail. He was not only a pioneer of downtown redevelopment but also a pioneer of co-workings spaces, creating such notable co-working incubator office spaces as the Carriage Works in the Gaslamp Quarter. His heirs have shown little regard for their father’s building legacy. Moreover, the demolition was approved in a faulty process in which the City ignored several key requirements in removing the historic designation, notifying the public, and allowing a parking lot to take the place of the buildings. The demolition as spawned a Petition Against Demolition for Parking Lots in San Diego.
About Bill Adams
Bill Adams is the founder and chief editor of UrbDeZine. He is also a partner in the San Diego law firm of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. He has been involved with land use and urban renewal for nearly 25 years, both as a professional and as a personal passion. He currently sits on the boards or committees of ,The Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative, San Diego Historic Streetcars, The Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, and the Heal the Gash Committee (reconnecting communities divided by freeways).