La Cañada Flintridge’s Downtown Village specific plan is intended to drum up business and shoppers walking along Foothill Boulevard, but for California Executive Escrow at 707 Foothill Blvd., it means eviction.
The plan designates that ground-floor spaces in that zone be used only for retail or real estate offices, and on Monday the City Council declined to make an exception for Rafik and Daniel Khatchaturian, the owners of 707 Foothill Blvd., which also houses the women’s retail shop, Chico’s.
The council declined a proposed change to the ordinance to give escrow offices the same exemption given to other businesses. It also denied approval of a conditional use permit for the California Executive Escrow office, which has been in its current location for a year.
Daniel Khatchaturian said that the city isn’t acting evenhandedly in its enforcement of the specific plan.
“I think it’s unfair to us, because we are competing with other similar commercial buildings that are able to lease [to non-retail tenants],” said Khatchaturian.