Patina out, but W. 50th development continues

Despite ongoing litigation and the departure of Patina gift store, a retail/housing complex is still moving forward at the Gary's Automotive site, 3100 W. 50th St.

According to Charlie Nestor, a developer with Master Development Services, Patina owners Rick Haase and Christine Ward were able to acquire their current property at 5001 Bryant Ave. S. and backed off the Xerxes site last month.

Working on behalf of a new group of real estate investors, Master Development plans to purchase the property in June and begin construction soon afterwards. Nestor said the site's design would remain the same, with two retail tenants and nine market-rate condos, each with 1,200-1,600 square feet.

"It seemed like a waste to throw away the project after Patina signed off, so we decided to pursue the project with new retail tenants," said Nestor.

Nestor hasn't yet signed any retailers but said he's talking to a number of service businesses, such as insurance and legal offices, as well as a number of possible restaurants. As far as parking, Nestor said he hopes to find space nearby to lease or buy more parking.

Gary Greig, the site's current proprietor, says two things have held up the sale: ongoing litigation from a resident opposed to the development, and the state's okay that the site is environmentally safe to develop.