|The view looking south from the Atlantic Place Shopping Center at Garvey Avenue & Atlantic Boulevard.|
|A closer look at the rear of the blue house.|
|A frontal view of 809 W. Mabel Avenue.|
|Mature cactus fronting the blue house.|
|In 1921, the occupants of the new house at 809 W. Mabel could walk down to the main thoroughfare called Wilson Avenue, now known as Atlantic Boulevard.|
|Across from the blue house is an empty lot; seen in the background is Marie Callender's Restaurant.|
|Also across from the blue house are more contemporary structures, plus railing that leans to its gravity.|
|At 944 W. Mabel sits a mid-century modern apartment.|
|Also on the hillier south side of the street is a condominium complex.|
The Garvey Villas
In 2007, Monterey Park's Redevelopment Agency endorsed the development of "Garvey Villas," a 102-apartment, 18,000 square feet retail project. The Agency anticipated that the blue house, as well as the house next door, would become casualties of redevelopment.
|At 813 W. Mabel Avenue, shuttered and abandoned as shown in 2011.|
In mid-2008, the owner of the blue house, Leo Hayashi, agreed to sell to the developers. Below is a rendering of the planned site:
Atlantic Times Square
Last year however, the city completed a huge residential/retail project Atlantic Times Square at Emerson and Atlantic.
Today, the municipal machinery is embarking on Towne Centre at Garvey Avenue and Garfield, about half a mile east. It is described as a 71,366 square foot retail space mixed with 109 condos.
|A Towne Centre rendering. Image Source: Magnus USA website|
Cascades Market Place
Also on the front burner is the Cascades Market Place to be developed at the southern part of the city, by Paramount Boulevard and the Pomona Freeway. The future site is described as a 500,000 square foot project.
|Cascades Market Place, near the Pomona Freeway. Image Source: City of Monterey Park website|
He has been in the media since the mid 1980s. He and his wife, along with another business partner, were profiled in a Times article, as they operated in Orange County the historic La Vida Mineral Springs, built in 1924. In late 1988, the spa was destroyed by fire, so once again bringing Hayashi into the news.
He made news again in 2006. When he bought the mineral springs in the 1970s, he also acquired 300 acres in Carbon Canyon, near Brea and Chino Hills. In 2006 he rode the housing bubble and attempted to develop his acreage with 400 homes. But the city of Brea had a say in the matter, disallowing all but 15 homes to be built. Hayashi's dispute ended this past May, when he sold the land to the Orange County Transportation Authority for $2.96 million, whereby the land will now remain an open-space preserve.
Hayashi, now about 80 years of age, was a central figure in 2006 during a widespread national movement to limit eminent domain actions on the part of government entities.
[Update July 3, 2014] Al Lemus informed me that the Blue House is gone. Here are the photos he took around May 25. Looks like the house next door was demolished, too. Thanks for the alert, Al!