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    Friday, May 2, 2008

    End of businesses in the Tower Dist. - a clue?

    The similarities to the decline of Downtown Fresno may be of interest - how is it that the more "renovations" that take place, the worse condition these areas are left in. Hint: Felony altering of sewer/water lines cannot be done without major reconstruction. Best carried out in several steps to avoid calling attention, which appears to be behind the continued turnover in ownership and failed businesses. An investigation into legal documents would clear that up - here is just a glimpse of one area. There is a very distinct pattern following one of the city's former employees - this is his "secret sideline."

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    The Tower Dist. has always been known for its unique, quaint, street-lined properties - slow traffic due to a tight 2-lane street. How did a middle lane miraculously appear in the west end of the Tower Dist? There is no record of this taking place, yet the evidence is everywhere - destruction/ haphazard reconstruction. Altered plat/parcel maps are not enough to cover up this kind of fraud - it accentuates the sewer layouts that no longer line up. Lying about utility pole relocation is another issue - there are witnesses to that as well.

    Altering sewer/water lines has entailed removal of various structures; expansion of others. Address changes; directories and aerial views altered as though things were always this way. Newcomers have no reason to question anything - without any record of these alterations, remaining structures continue being sold as "original." And the turnover continues until finally ending with a revised deed that entails altered property lines.

    Without driving down the street or looking into old records, I recall some fires taking place in the area. Surely there were more than this quick list I came up with:

    1. Remember the bar near the SW corner of Palm + Olive that burned down in the 60s?

    2. The original Lucky Boy Hamburger that burned down on the south side of Olive in the 60/70s?

    3. The bar (Lyn's 7 Sons) on the NW corner of Olive and Fruit that burned down in the 70s?

    4. First home south of Olive, on Adoline, burned down in the 70s?

    5. Traffic School, Olive, near Fruit burned/rebuilt 70s

    6. Turpins Furniture, Fulton off Olive burned 70/80s

    7. Jackie's Costumes, north side of Olive burned, prior to relocating to south side of Olive 70/80s

    8. Dead end at San Pablo + Olive, burned in the 70/80s

    9. Perkos Restaurant, on the north side of Olive, just south of Wishon burned down in the 80s.

    10. Tire shop on NW corner of Blackstone + Olive burned before new tire shop re-opened (80/90s)

    11. The thrift store on the NE corner of Palm + Olive that burned down in the 80/90s?

    12. The 2 homes across the street (NE corner Olive + Ferger) burned; both lots are now parking for the furniture store

    13. NW corner of Safford + Olive burned down prior to the martial arts occupying the building - 90s?

    14. The Landmark - formerly Carnation restaurant, SW corner of Broadway + Olive burned in the 90s

    15. 2 blks east of tire shop, on south side of Olive, upholstery shop burned down (90s)
    16. A & M Carpet, Olive, north of Fruit Ave. - burned down (80s?)

    17. Tiny's Olive Branch, Olive, next to Roeding Park - burned down (80?)

    18. The old Herb Bauer's building, Olive, between Tiny's & Roeding Park - burned down (80?)

    This is a 2-mile stretch! Like the sewer/water line altering taking place - because it did not happen at the same time, no one sees or questions anything. Perhaps it is time they do.

    Note: Wouldn't it be interesting to compare notes among the people who put so much time, effort and money into building improvements. Because there is another layer to all of this - the vultures who strip and switch. For instance, notice the blue awning around the showcase on the corner building. Matching awnings covered the large windows on the west side of the building, as well as the large window on the northeast side. They were torn during the time WGS's "planted" tenants were renting the property - after being repaired, how nice that WGS would put them back up, only to completely and mysteriously fall apart. Brand new awnings were then purchased for all the windows! During the unauthorized "remodeling" that accompanied the sewer/water line alterations, those very windows and new awnings were then replaced with the trash now seen. Thousands of dollars worth of venetian blinds were switched with trash. On and on. The building to the east of that: Swieso's air conditioning friend insisted that new central units were needed. $5,000 later, those brand new units were switched with trash. Windows, light fixtures, doors, etc. switched.
    I've seen this pattern time and again. In this case, due to the trash these buildings were put back together with (rotted, termite infested, etc.), corroded sewer/water lines and talk of a new restaurant that would open by WGS's associate, I suspect a fire was/is going to take all this down. Loosening the clamps is what caused the mold (mushrooms growing from walls) to consume one of these structures, which would make the remaining appear legitimate. Imagine all the insurance claims behind this operation. With contents "unknowingly" switched with trash, making for quite an operation, eh?


    Marla said...

    Arson in Fresno, CA is 4.51 times the National Average.
    For more statistics see Fresno Crime Statistics

    Marla said...

    2 more fires

    80s Trophy shop, Olive and Farris, prior to them moving across the street.
    90s Angelo's Hamburger, Olive near 99, rebuilt.

    Marla said...

    The infamous Bel Aire Motel on Olive, next to Hwy 99, is currently in the process of being torn down.

    Across the street is Roeding Park. Several feet were removed, stone wall replaced, when Olive Ave. was widened in the 80s.

    Across the street, motels were removed and replaced with K-Mart back in the 80s, which is now a large empty lot.

    Nothing is standing as it was when originally built. The entire city has been turned inside out - this only describes Olive Ave.

    Grama Peechee said...

    As the daughter of Jackie Robbins, owner of Jackie's Costumes, and the person who managed the store for two years after her death, I can tell you that your facts are not at all accurate.
    Jackie's Costumes never burned down, although it did relocate several times along Olive Avenue. The business was open for over 30 years in which time the greatest mishap was a break-in.
    I'd double check my facts instead of going by memory as that seems faulted.

    Marla said...

    Thank you for the correction - will note the error on my other posts as well.

    Dfontesjr said...

    You seems to know so much about Tower District and its history. What I am having problem is that I can't find any photos of early Tower District. Do you know where I can find it?

    I am doing a project about this neighborhood for my class.

    Marla said...

    Murders, fires, illegal takeovers.
    CLICK ===> My family’s properties in the midst of this – behind closed doors

    Marla said...
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    Marla said...

    Another one. “Historic” Tower District. The trophy shop. 24 E. Olive Ave. 2 blks east of our properties taken by fraud behind the water scam. (Gas lines had been cross-connected beneath our properties into the neighbors’ properties for a massive fire being planned - 3 failed attempts. In the midst of many other fires / arson in the area.)

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