Ocean Beach Business and Development Update

by on January 16, 2015 · 5 comments

in Culture, Economy, Environment, History, Ocean Beach

OB PeaceLove Lites xmas014Here’s one of our irregular updates on Ocean Beach construction and development.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACJ Catering Moving Into Former Voltaire Street Bakery

Some good news for those with a hefty sweet tooth, C J Catering – which has been located on the other side of Catalina Avenue on Voltaire – is moving into the empty bakery storefront a few blocks down on Voltaire, on the 4800 block.  Some know it as the former Stephanie’s – a vegan bakery. CJ Catering specializes in pies and cookies, and we assume that they’ll tweak their name as this a more of a retail venture for the longtime Peninsula business.

Some obvious improvements have been made in the new storefront, a new floor in the front room, a wall taken down. Raoul told me they expect to open in a couple of weeks. CJ Catering over the  years has been very generous to the community and we wish them good luck and haste (obviously some of us have a sweet tooth).

CVS Opens in Former Apple Tree

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s finally happened, CVS has opened its doors. Everything looks new; they retained the beautiful curved crossbeams and wood on the high ceilings; installed new landscaping in the front (it only has 1 door – in contrast to the old Apple Tree/ Safeway building which had 2) poured a new seal on the parking lot, and did some remodeling in the back.

We hope CVS also keeps its pledges that it made to the OB Town Council and community through their “Community Agreement” – one of which was to hire local people as staff.


So, hey, if  you’re a local and get hired on, please let us know.

In the Meantime New Apple Tree on Newport Makes Progress

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust as the new CVS opened in its former location, the Apple Tree market that is opening on Newport Avenue appears to have made some progress

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Saratoga Condos to Open February 1

The long-awaited 3-story condos at Abbott and Saratoga are about to formally open.  February 1st is the move-in date for those who have already leased the 10-or-so units. We understand management is keeping one unit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen the project was approved by the city, the city traded a closed-alley for a walk-way on the south side of the project, and now that walk-way is also finished. Locals and visitors should realize that the walkway is publicly accessible and leads to a public park, the grassy Saratoga greens.

New Poles at Site of Future Sunset Plaza

We’ve noticed that a couple of new, tall and expensive electical poles have been installed at the site of the future Sunset Plaza at the corner of Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Voltaire Street.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot much else seems to be going on in the large dirt lot, owned by World Oil. (If you’d like to see more about the history of this site, do a word search for “Sunset Plaza” or “World Oil”)

Fourth 3-Story Behemoth on West Pt Loma Makes a Fine Blocked View

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe fourth three-story single family house on West Pt Loma to have been granted variances has reared its head, as the wood frame is now up. Taken together the 4 are quite a view and provide us with the hefty beginnings of a wall of gentrification.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

obracer January 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

“3-Story Behemoth ” very funny !


Dita January 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm

My friend Carol, who lives in O B, is now working in the new CVS here….she walks to work!
As for the behemoth, what a terrible shame; as terrible as all the tear-downs happening in all the 4900, ocean blocks…..little cottages being replaced by as much as can be squeezed into the lots.
And the Saratoga condos…..ugho.
Where are the imaginative architects/designers and why are they not putting up green, spare, modern, wonderful buildings in our wonderful town?


obecean January 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm

A human body is worth about $4,50 when it’s broken down to its mineral value I’m told. More and more, it’s all about the bottom line.


John O. January 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Regarding development… If you’ve spent any time in California, this shouldn’t be surprising at all.
I understand why people don’t want things to change, but I don’t understand why they are surprised when they do. Coastal real estate is reserved for hard working Americans that have achieved their version of the dream. Don’t H8 the playa, hate the game.
Just because you were there first doesn’t mean you are entitled to anything… right? Money talks… get used to it.


Debbie January 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

If CJ’s is moving, who is going in their space. What’s the scoop….OB Rag Readers?


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