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San Pedro’s once-thriving Star-Kist cannery building up for demolition vote – Daily News

It might be “Sorry, Charlie” for San Pedro’s as soon as thriving 1952 Star-Kist tuna-packing cannery building.

Despite an effort to protect the structure that’s been largely vacant for about 20 years, Port of Los Angeles officers will suggest this week that the property be demolished.

No viable cannery-related use for the prevailing structure on Terminal Island, a workers report back to the LA harbor fee says, might be recognized. While no particular use is but decided, officers mentioned, the property can be higher served as an space for cargo, or chassis storage, restore and upkeep. The merchandise is about to come back up on the common (and virtual-only) harbor fee meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.

“The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department,” the report says,”has tried to reuse these amenities via the Request for Proposal course of a number of instances and no viable choices have been discovered.”

Demolition, the report provides, “has been deemed necessary to create a parcel of land that is more marketable for future development.”

If the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners OKs tearing down the building, there can be a 75-day asbestos abatement interval. After that, the port board report says, demolition would take about 60 days, and embody eradicating a 2,254-square-foot dock and 20 picket piles from the ocean flooring.

Construction of a proposed new project is estimated to start in 2023.

But a number of audio system are anticipated to object to demolishing the building Thursday, together with those that have had lengthy household ties with the trade that when thrived together with the business fishing fleet within the harbor.

Anthony Misetich — whose nice uncle, Martin J. Bogdanovich, began the business that started in 1914 because the French Sardine Co. of California earlier than changing into Star-Kist — mentioned extra effort must be given to discovering a solution to save the building.

“We need to take a last look at this,” Misetich mentioned in a Tuesday, Oct. 18, telephone interview, “and give it a staunch effort to see if something can be done.”

The port, he mentioned, didn’t strive arduous sufficient or present sufficient time to search out an operator that will proceed the cannery use.

The plans for demolition acquired a brief reprieve in March when the port issued a brief maintain to hunt “expressions of interest” for a lease and growth of the property at 1050 Ways St. Bids had been due April 7.

The port acquired one response, the board report says, and that proposal didn’t embody a use that will maintain the power intact.

The web site totals about 14 acres and consists of two primary buildings, Plant No. 4 — the building in question — and the northern portion of the East Plant.

From 1952 to 1984, the positioning was used as a cannery facility for Star-Kist tuna operations, with the buildings constructed from 1947 to 1979. Four of the unique primary buildings have already been demolished.

The well-liked tuna model was well-known for its “Sorry, Charlie” animated tv commercials, wherein Charlie the Tuna was repeatedly rejected by the company that pledged solely one of the best fish was utilized in its model.

But that period ended years in the past.

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