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Hansel 'n Gretel site in Glendale sells for $9.18M

Self-storage and retail planned for site adjacent to proposed homeless shelter

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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:45 pm

The proposal to construct an educational campus instead of a homeless shelter in Glendale may be all but dead.

Cayre Industries has purchased the plots of land at 79-36, 79-40 and 79-66 Cooper Ave. formerly occupied by the deli manufacturing business Hansel ’n Gretel, according to the company's president, James Coakley.

Behind the Cooper Avenue property sits a parking lot at 79-31 71 Ave. and two attached single-family homes at 71-19 and 79-21 71 Ave., which were purchased by an adjacent landowner, according to a report by the Commercial Observer. 

Coakley wouldn't confirm how much Cayre Industries paid for the land, but he did say "most" of the reported $9.18 million for the two combined purchases stemmed from his group. 

He said preliminary plans call for a mixed-use structure at the site, with 80,000 to 100,000 square feet set aside for self-storage, paired with retail space along Cooper Avenue. 

"We like the Glendale area, we've been looking there for a while," Coakley said. "We like the growth trends we're seeing and we think a nice modern facility will serve that area really well."

No residential units are planned for the building, which Coakley hopes will be open in 14 to 16 months.

"We're proud of the purchase," he said.

Last year, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) proposed a school be constructed at 78-16 Cooper Ave., property on the other side of 79th Place, where a 70-unit homeless shelter is planned. 

The idea was backed by Community Board 5 and area civic groups, but the School Construction Authority responded by saying it would only go along with building a school if it could acquire the property the proposed shelter sits on, the Hansel ’n Gretel location and the nearby Independent Chemical Corp. site.

The school proposal took a hit on March 10 when the Department of Buildings approved permits which would allow for the conversion of the former factory into a homeless shelter. 

When reached by the Chronicle, the SCA could not immediately comment on the sale's impact on the school proposal.

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  • Turqsea posted at 1:01 pm on Sat, Apr 18, 2015.

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  • Turqsea posted at 1:00 pm on Sat, Apr 18, 2015.

    Turqsea Posts: 62

    In a VERY DENSELY populated middle class neighborhood,full of families with Multiple children,A NEW SCHOOL would have been FAR MORE BENEFICIAL FOR ALL THE PEOPLE,Not a homeless Shelter this only benefits a few who make $$$ off of it! TOO BAD!!!!