The intersection of 30th Street and University Avenue is the physical center of North Park, as well as the hub the commercial and cultural activity in the neighborhood. In the early 1900s this corner earned the moniker of “Busy Corner“, a title that would be fitting today as well. Standing at Busy Corner throughout the years would give a clear view of the many changes that have occurred throughout the decades since the first homes and businesses appeared in the first decade of the 1900s.
In 2012, after filing for bankruptcy, the Lyric Opera sold the mortgage note on the property to David Cohen, owner of the West Coast Tavern that is housed in the front of the theatre building. Mr. Cohen is now trying to foreclose on the Lyric Opera and take ownership of the building. A hearing on the issue took place before Judge Margaret Mann in downtown San Diego on Wednesday, February 27th, but no ruling was issued and the case will be continued on March 7.
Pending a decision in court there are many possibilities for the future of the space but no clear direction. [Read more…]