Red Flags at Ebers-Greene ‘Rehab’

by on August 30, 2019 · 13 comments

in Ocean Beach

Red flags are being raised by neighbors about what is going on at the “rehab” of the Ebers – Greene project.

The most noticeable thing there is the three-layered monstrosity is gone and all that’s left is a concrete slab and part of a section of the wall – and the old house on the lot, of course.

Neighbors could not help but notice workers in the old house – which has asbestos according to long-time observers of the saga of this project. The workers were without masks or other protective gear. Why should they wear anything? Reportedly, the asbestos expert the contractor hired says there’s no asbestos inside the old building.

The plans are to tear into the old place and convert it into a garage off the alley.

The other red flag is that reportedly, Gerald Barksdale, Jr, the designer told neighbors that additional dirt will be trucked in to build up the grade – in order to build higher. Barksdale referred to the “Emerson project” – which he was involved in – as a model for what he wants do at Ebers and Greene.

Well, the Emerson project at Evergreen was so controversial, that Mayor Faulconer had to issue a stop-work order on the project; it violated the 30-foot law by adding a fourth floor. It eventually had to be removed.

But one of the improper aspects of the Emerson project was the building up of the original grade in order to raise the entire structure. If this is what designer Barksdale intends, we have a problem Houston.

We’re hoping the property’s new owner is not down with this.

Here’s what we reported about one year ago about the new owner:

Apparently, Albert Boyajian bought the place at 2269 Ebers from the primary lender, Center Street Lending, for $925,000 a couple months after the trustee sale. …

And, Boyajian has been sitting on the property [ever since – until now].

Yet, he’s a pretty big deal up in Los Angeles. Boyajian started an ethnic bakery empire, Global Bakeries, Inc., in 1978, located in Pacoima, California. They specialize in flatbread, ethnic pita bread, croissants, and bagels.


However the cookie or croissant crumbles, neighbors need to be vigilant. We look forward to seeing how the general contractor, Marty Romano, evades the OB Planning Board.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Geoff Page August 30, 2019 at 2:44 pm

I just returned from my second trip downtown to look at these plans. The purpose of my trip was to see how the 50% rule was interpreted. I dealt with a very cooperative and helpful guy at Development Services. I’m not happy about the answer but I learned there is an internal memo used to train new employees on how to interpret the rule. I put in a Public Records Request to get copies of the training information.

But, the plans show zero import or export of dirt, which is what the designer represented to the city. Because of the impossibility of checking every site at plan submission, the city takes the developer at their word. It is then up to inspectors and the community to watch and see if they live up to that word. If anyone sees any dirt going onto this site, please call me at 619-694-7993 and let me know.


Mark E. Smith August 30, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Re: Ebers-Greene. Before I left San Diego, I was living in a building that had popcorn ceilings. It was built in 1979 and hadn’t been renovated until a wholly owned subsidiary of the Housing Commission bought it. The ceilings had asbestos. The inspectors didn’t find any. Building code inspector is apparently a very lucrative job. The only time they ever seem to find anything is when they don’t get paid off to not find anything.


Michael August 30, 2019 at 4:53 pm

Does this comment come with a tin hat or do I have to make my own?


kh September 3, 2019 at 6:51 pm

The ill will towards version 2 of this project is misplaced, premature at best.
I have seen the plans as well. There is no such raising of the grade. The existing at grade foundation will be used and the building is approximately 23’ high to the roof plus railing which reaches 26 and change. Pick your battles.

I’ll write an article with more information if you’ll entertain it.


Gerald September 4, 2019 at 10:13 am


Will you please write an article? Or a press release for the council? The renderings of the new project are posted and we’re getting real sick of Geoff and his ‘source’, who knows nothing about this project.


Frank Gormlie September 4, 2019 at 11:10 am

Nice way to build rapport with the community. Do you not know the history of this project – how it was the community – people like Geoff, myself, Planning Board members who forced the city to deal with an illegal project, the earlier rendition. Maybe we’re getting sick of your machinations.


Geoff Page September 4, 2019 at 1:27 pm

What “source” are you talking about? My only source has been the plans.


Geoff Page September 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm

If you look at the piece I wrote, I said it was under 30 feet and my comment here said there was no grading shown on the plans.


Geoff Page September 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm


I provided this same information in the piece I wrote already.


Frank Gormlie September 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Of course! Send it.


Geoff Page September 4, 2019 at 5:19 pm

It’s all in my August 16 Rag story.


Geoff Page September 4, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Correction, August 19 story.


Gerald September 4, 2019 at 10:16 am

Grasping at straws, chief.


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