Long Beach Organic Seeks Buyer For Wrigley Village Garden

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Long Beach Organic, (LBO) a non-profit that manages 9 community gardens in Long Beach is seeking a buyer for their Wrigley Village Garden, a children’s themed urban oasis developed in 2010 with the help of the City of LB’s Neighborhood Leadership Program’s “Waves4Change” team.

“The owner of the property, Annette LaBarca, is a wonderful person who gave us the use of her property for five years. Now the lease is up and she needs to sell it. She is generously offering a significant discount to a direct buyer who would renew the lease with Long Beach Organic,” said Joe Corso, Garden Director for Long Beach Organic and the designer of the Wrigley Village Garden.

The property, a 50” x 150’commercial lot on the bustling Wrigley Village Corridor at 2044 Pacific Ave. will be listed for $325,000. However, if someone is willing to purchase it directly and continue to lease it to LBO the property could be made available for as low as $280,000.

“Ideally, the buyer would be looking for an long term investment property,” said Corso, “We only pay a dollar in rent, but a partnership with us could be a win-win situation because we maintain the land and insure the property while it appreciates, and the garden is a great cause to be associated with.”

The community garden is a source of fresh organic food for 23 households and it is a also a gathering where members get to know each other. “I had a neighbor for 15 years who I just waved to now and then and didn’t really know,” said a community gardener, “and then she joined our garden and we became great friends.”

Currently growing in the garden, one can find green beans on a trellis, young grapes gripping a sculpted cypress tree, giant green heirloom tomatoes, squash the size of baseball bats and a beautiful cactus garden.

Anyone interested in this opportunity should contact Joe Corso directly: joe@longbeachorganic.org.

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