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Figueroa auto repair shops give way to new Highland Park development

Jul 18, 2018

The former Abdul’s Auto Care under renovation

By BARRY LANK

Highland Park  — Turning auto repair and body shops into offices, restaurants or shops could be a trend along Figueroa Street. Two such projects are already underway, and one of the developers says there will probably be more conversions on the neighborhood’s main street.

Local planning guidelines offer “incentives to building owners and developers encouraging a return of walkable amenities,” said a spokesperson for the Angelus Complex.  The project is converting part of The Shop Auto Body building at the northwest corner of Figueroa and Avenue 50 into four separate storefronts for office, retail and restaurant tenants – with the auto body shop remaining in business in a smaller space.

Meanwhile, another developer is working on an even bigger project next door at 5015-5023 N. Figueroa St., turning the former Abdul’s Auto Care and Car-Tique Auto Body into more than 18,000 square-feet of creative office and retail space. A listing on LoopNet makes a point of mentioning the exposed brick walls and bow-truss ceilings.

There is no shortage repair places on Figueroa: Five addresses for auto repair  turn up in a search of between Ave 50 and Ave 56, plus another auto repair up by Ave 59.  How many of these will be converted into other uses remains to bee seen.

Meanwhile, work on the Angelus Complex is expected to be completed by next spring. An Angelus spokesperson said it has attracted attention from local restaurateurs, a local barber shop, a gallery representing local artists and a local retailer.

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