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1) North University Park: The property on the west side of Vermont, at the northwest corner of Vermont and 28th has the beginnings of a foundation and a sign for "Stores." The building permit for the construction of a two-story building with retail and office uses expired in May. There has been no activity since. The big woody construction across the street is described only as a new commercial construction. It's likely that leasing of the property's storefronts hasn't even begun yet.
2) Pico-Union: Several commenters suggested the reason for the backup at the Vermont Avenue strip mall was Park's BBQ, a popular Korean restaurant. But that restaurant is located north of Olympic. We're talking south of Olympic. The guess about a Salvadorean Bank seems more valid, but again nobody has a definitive answer.