Construction Resumes for Temescal Nursery

By Laurel Busby
Staff Writer

Anew plant nursery will open in the spring at 810 Temescal Canyon Rd. if all goes according to plan, according to owner Hans Tiedemann.

His slender lot, which is zoned for agricultural use, faces Palisades Charter High School at the intersection of Bowdoin and Temescal. The property, which Tiedemann purchased in September 2013 for $1.29 million, is 11,877 sq. ft. and runs along Temescal north of Bowdoin, according to the L.A. County Assessor’s office.

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Two previous owners, Alexis and Ashley Kim, bought the property from the Los Angeles Unified School District for $330,000 in 2012 and had also originally planned to install a nursery.

For the current owner, delays in obtaining permits have slowed construction, but the project seems to be on track now, Tiedemann said. If there are no further delays, he expects construction to take about four months.

The final result “should be pretty,” he said. “The thing I like about that piece of property is as you look up the hill, it’s so pretty. Hopefully it will be an attractive continuation of that. That’s what we’re planning.”

The nursery will include a small office with a “nice design” and some parking, Tiedemann said. The retaining wall is configured to be structurally supportive of the hillside slope along the back of the property.

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety issued a permit in September for a 340-ft. wall with a maximum height of 5 feet 6 inches. In March 2013, Building and Safety originally issued a permit, which has

since expired, for a 22-ft.-by-12.75-ft. office building. A revised application was submitted for approval the following year with a 21-sq.-ft. larger footprint and increased height. For this permit, “verifica- tions are still in progress,” according to the department’s website.

Once the project is finished, Tiedemann does not plan to operate it himself. Instead, he is working to bring a high-end garden center operator to take charge of the enterprise.

“I don’t have a tenant teed up yet, but I believe there’ll be demand for that type of a product,” Tiedmann said. “I personally have always liked nurseries myself. Since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed trees and plants.”

Once construction is complete, and the greenery for sale is added, “hopefully it will be positive for the neighborhood.”

Tiedemann chose not to share further personal information.

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