With the business closed since the building was condemned in mid-April, the future of the structure at Jefferson and 24th is in doubt.
The city lists the owner as MANN SELMA R & JOSEPHINE R KATZ RESIDUARY TR. Selma and Josephine are two sisters, both deceased; the executor of the estate is lawyer John Mann, son of Selma.
I spoke to Mr.Mann this past Thursday. He said that the building either needs to be fixed up or torn down, but that no decision had been made at this time.
I told Mr.Mann that rumor on the street was that the building might soon be rented out to a former tenant. He said that this was not so
He also said that the most recent tenant of the space was suing the estate. The allegation as I understand it is that the landlords (the estate) are responsible for the lost business due to the building being condemned, because the condemnation was due to negligence on the part of the building’s owner.