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Preservation Update: Original Fatburger Stand Saved

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It's been more than two years since the site of the original Fatburger stand in South LA went up for sale, and the fate of the defunct little stand on a larger lot was unclear. We now have an update from Frank Evanisko, who represented the family who founded the Fatburger corporation in the sale: "The CRA ended up buying this property after the deal was assigned to them by Mercy Housing about three months ago. The actual shack still on the property cannot be torn down but must be rehabbed and incorporated into any new development. Low income housing for the site is imminent. This deal just closed for $3 million.

The historical significance of the site is rich as Fatburger was founded by a female African American entrepreneur Lovie Yancey, who died last year at 96. She originally opened the Fatburger at this location in 1952. I represented her daughter Gwen Adair (who was just inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame – female referee). The shack sits on just over 35,000 SF of commercial zoned land. The property just closed escrow after a 2.5 year escrow." According to public records, the proposed project will be a 66-unit moderate income housing condominium consisting of 61 residential condominiums and five Live/Work units at 3001-3023 S. Western Avenue.
· Is Fatburger Worth Fighting For? [Curbed LA]