CoraMart Gets A New Coat Of Paint (Photo)

I took this picture yesterday afternoon of the former CoraMart building being painted. Although not the most thorough job, the building looks much improved.

MainStreet has been working with the owner for quite some time (years) encouraging the owner, D. Barry Simon, to rent the space or, at the very least, to improve the appearance of the property.

Based on a Request for Investigation filed by Coronado MainStreet, City staff sent a letter to the owner asking for compliance with the City's Vacant Premises Ordinance. MainStreet is still working with the City on several other recommended property improvements.

Thanks to the City staff for their prompt follow through.


Rita Sarich
Director Coronado MainStreet Ltd.
A Great American Main Street® Winner
1013 Park Place Coronado, CA 92118 

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Comment by Coronado Cookie on June 15, 2011 at 7:18pm
Well, it is something at least. Although a coat of paint isn't going to shore up the building. I really hope that something positive will finally be done with it.
Comment by Kathy Williams Campbell on June 15, 2011 at 9:28pm
I wish the owner could be fined or forced to do something to this building. Paint is a start to make it less of an eyesore. There's got to be some city building code that would light a fire under the owner, D. Barry Simon. I know there are lots of issues with the old "CoraMart", but it's ridiculous that it has sat untouched and looking so bad. CoraMart and Riteaid need major facelifts!!
Comment by Charlie & Susan Ahern on June 16, 2011 at 6:58am
Back in 2000-2001, we mailed the brothers a series of letters indicating we had a Utah investor wanted to do something with the property, purchase, lease, subdide... they didn't call or write us back and acknowledge any interests at all. The brothers are in a unique financial state they don't really go by common sense.
Comment by Kathy Williams Campbell on June 16, 2011 at 7:25am

So, they don't care that the old "Coramart" is blight upon Orange Avenue? I've heard the building needs to be retrofitted, it is full of asbestos, etc. If any of these things are true, wouldn't there be some law or regulation to get the building "fixed" or tear it down? Just because the owners have money shouldn't mean they don't have to follow the laws. Especially if health or safety are involved. 

I have such great memories of Coramart as a child. BUT, it's not Coramart or anything useful anymore. How can it be legal to just let a building stand and deteriorate? Other cities have blight laws. Maybe Coronado should look into it. Our town is so lovely..until you get to that block on Orange where Coramart and RiteAid are. It looks GHETTO!

Comment by Buzz Fink on June 16, 2011 at 3:29pm

I'd love to see a click-able link to the City's Vacant Premises Ordinance.  I didn't even know they had one. 


Good for Main Street for getting some movement on this.

Comment by Julie Overstreet on June 17, 2011 at 8:55pm
Here's hoping some day that darn bldg will have something good come of it.  It urks me that the owners are so hard to work with (from what I've heard).  It's unsat. that the bldg. has remained vacant for so long - such a large bldg. with such potential.
Comment by Mary Anderson on June 20, 2011 at 12:51pm
If the owners are so well off, might it not be a nice idea for them to donate the property (tax write-off) to the historical association or city.
Comment by Max on June 20, 2011 at 2:17pm
Comment by Jonathan Burns on June 20, 2011 at 3:52pm

The building is not safe. It even mentions it outside the front that it's structurally not safe.  since there is no historical value to the building (the essence of Coramart are long gone all we see now is a shadow of that business of what is left.) The best solution is to demolish the building and build something new. Seriously.



Comment by Doug Ewen on June 20, 2011 at 4:03pm
I grew up going here. I'm glad that it looks much better these days! Really, a decison needs to be made about this building!

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