The owner of the property that the Apple Tree Market sits on was kind enough to return my call yesterday. I had left a couple of messages at the office of Elliot Megdal and Associates, up in Los Angeles. And Elliot Megdal called me back himself.
We had several minutes of a polite conversation, with me asking questions about whether he could confirm or not that a Foodland grocery store was going in, as had been rumored recently, whether or not another market was going in at all, and what his general plans for the property were.
Elliot’s responses were all civil and uniform: “no comment”. Megdal would not confirm or deny whether a Foodland was going in, whether any food market was planned for the space, or what his general agenda was for the entire property, which includes a giant parking lot.
Mr. Megdal did say, matter-of-factly that the “For Lease” sign was still up.
Finally, at the end of our conversation, I did get one more question in, and I asked Elliot if he could confirm a rumor that demolition companies were getting ready to offer bids on the building’s demolition. And he replied that he did not have any plans for demolishing the building.
That could be a good sign. It it is allowed to stand, the building would have to be renovated – but that would allow, at least, the possibility of another food market coming in. It would be tough, also, to build condos inside the large hollow shell that would remain if cleared out.
Megdal did also comment that his office was getting “a lot of nasty calls” from folks in OB. We ended our call politely.