My colorful friend, Elvis Lopez, the curator of Atelier 89, occupied headlines this week when on behalf of his family members and his sleepy neighborhood he argued in front of the judge that Santa Cruz already had plenty of Fast Food options and that the plan to develop a Burger King with an imposing drive-through right next to his residence infringes on his quality of life and the quality of life of his neighbors, a community of elderly people.
He cited the already-congested traffic situation in the heart of Santa Cruz and the bottleneck created by the many fast food establishments operating on that main drag.
He claimed Jersinio Kock of J&K Burger Holding, have been busily erecting a wall around the driveway, without obtaining the necessary permits.
Jersinio Kock of J&K Burger Holding, the recent buyers of the Rowigini property, stated to their defense that the building has always served as a business, a family restaurant and a sometimes-nightclub, owned by the Lopez family, he further claimed he is to date unsure about the type of business he will be introducing there.
Obviously, there is an added family-feud layer here, in view of the fact that not all Lopez family-members were in agreement with the real estate sale.
I understand the judge sent the dispute to the land department, so that the bureaucrats may decide what can and cannot be done on the property.
I’m with Elvis. I would be pissed if a busy burger joint with a big smelly exhaust pipe would check in next door.