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Got $1.4 Million? What Would You Put On This Spot?

Der Wienerschnitzel is long gone and the 17,800-square-foot corner lot is up for sale. What would you like to see there?

It seems like that prime corner lot has been empty a long, long time.

Once a drive-thru selling fast hot dogs and "Der Fun," according to the company's logo, the large lot at Soquel Avenue and Caledonia Street is just through.

It's listed for pocket change, if you are a billionaire. The Rittenhouse family owns it and is willing to part with it. They also have the most beautiful empty building in downtown Santa Cruz.

So what would you like to put on that lot? What would help the city and bring in business for you, if you owned it? The lot is just west of the Seacliff and Soquel neighborhood that has been jump started and is thriving.

How would you tie into that?

Give us your suggestions. We'll have more on the property tomorrow.

Beth M September 25, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I'd like to see a chinese food restaurant that serves fresh local if possible veggies and meat that comes from somewhere besides a big CAFO. Something between O'mei (but less expensive) and Charlie Hong Kong (with more variety). What was the name of the chinese restaurant that used to be in the OSH shopping center in the 80s? THAT is what I'd like to see there.
John Martin September 25, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The most beautiful empty building in downtown SC? Well, it's empty. Maybe ostentatious and out of place, too. Years ago there was talk of making that property into a public plaza. That would have been great. It will be great to see something replace the Weinerschnitzel eyesore, if it ever happens. I didn't know the Rittenhouses owned it. They should have kept the place up a bit nicer over the years. It would have been a little more respectful to the community, especially as it's in such a prominent location.
John Martin September 25, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Oops, I should answer the question, too. I didn't mean to just complain. I like the restaurant idea, if was good quality. That could help to draw more people to the area, and boost revenue in some of the great shops along Soquel there. Much of the street has commercial below with residential above, which would be good for that corner, as long as there was decent off-street parking.
Frances Guerrero September 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
In-N-Out!!!!!
Rich September 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
To be honest I miss the weinerschnitzel, That is one hefty price tag. Soquel used to be the maint street through town and sported some real shopping attractions like Eberts dept store, entertainment like the old RIO theatre. But Soquel ave through the greater morrissey neighborhood lost alot of its bussle when the HWY came in. With a city council that is actively pushing its Pacific garden mall what room is left to revitalize the old Soquel ave shopping experience? Im sure Rittenhouse is in no hurry to sell and honestly couldnt give a rats butt as to what people think how he should maintain or what he should put on his property. I think its overpriced for a deflated area of town. I think a nice old timey service station would look great on that corner. you know the ones were they would check your oil.
Brad Kava (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Great suggestions all..I'd like to see an Apple store in the Rittenhouse bulding..no more drives to Los Gatos.
Chris Jordan September 26, 2012 at 03:15 AM
"Santana Row" atmosphere was terrific in San Jose on Saturday. Restaurants, Apple stores- maybe a revived Ethrington Honda from across the street in the '60s- or maybe even a revived Dog 'N' Suds- also from years gone by- on gound floor. I like the idea of micro-apartments as seen on TV and online on upper floor(s).. That miniature golf course on Ocean Street died a slow death in the '60s; so I had best leave sleeping dogs lie.
Gene Ervin September 26, 2012 at 04:18 AM
How about a building housing studios that would cater to Yoga, Qigong and Taijiquan and other alternative health exercises? I'd gladly manage the building for a small stipend and use of a studio in which to teach Chinese Gong Fu to baby boomers and seniors. Just sayin'.
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