Is Mike Harrah Preparing to Sell the Santora Building to Free Up Money for One Broadway Plaza?

The big rumor going around SanTana's Artist's Village is that Mike Harrah--once a proverbial lord of real estate in the city, but more like King Lear in recent years as he's been unloading property to raise funds for his much-promised, much-desired 37-story Freudian monument to himself, One Broadway Plaza--is getting ready to sell off the Santora Building, the glorious old structure that houses Memphis, another restaurant, and art galleries.
Multiple sources have told the Weekly that many prospective buyers have toured the building in the past couple of days, and these bourbon-glazed eyes saw Harrah himself one morning outside the building with his henchman vendido of a property manager. No listing has popped up yet--then again, it's probably buried under the hundreds of properties currently on sale in the Banana Republic (if Old Man Bren wasn't so damn scared of Mexicans, he could make a KILLING here...).

If Harrah does indeed sell, it'll come as a relief to the few remaining artists in the Santora (who have long complained about their landlord's lackadaisical approach to building maintenance) and to historical preservationists who know that Harrah treats historical buildings the way a three-year-old fucks around with Legos.

We'd call Harrah for a response, but he'd sooner take a phone call from the Voice of OC than us. So, gentle readers: what have YOU heard???

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treski101
treski101

I agree with Bluecoast1's comment and further more, what's wrong with creating more jobs and opportunity?  The way this article is written it sounds like the author wants nothing to do with improvements to an older area of OC.  BTW, Mr. Harrah is very generous in his charity and good works in the community and does alot more than the media will ever know of.  That's the kind of guy he is so when you say, "Freudian monument to himself" I detect a certain amount of jealously and would retort with your legos comment but I'm too much of a lady to do otherwise.  

Bluecoast1
Bluecoast1

Well which is Gustavo.  Obviously you can not stand that Harrah owns property in Santa Ana and now that he is possibly selling, it is in your opinion, for the wrong reasons.  Give me a break, the man bought the property when nobody else wanted it and if he wants to sell it, should it not be his right to do so?  Oh, and lets keep all development, other than what you believe to be good for Santa Ana, out. There is nothing wrong with blending modern buildings with a historic downtown and the civic center.  Look at the Federal Courthouse and Court of Appeals.  Ultra modern sitting right next to historic buildings.  Works for me...

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20ftJesus
20ftJesus

On a positive note, the Santora "artists" will get a new landlord. 

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Tonybrewhaha

wow it says fucks inthere like its no biggy

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