Expanding Hillcrest business means century-old house must go

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Business expansion means 100-year-old house would have to go.

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SAN DIEGO -- The popular Hillcrest bar and restaurant Urban Mo’s is expanding, but that means a century-old house will have to go.

It has the local community divided.

Many are speaking out on Facebook, arguing the house adds character to the neighborhood and shouldn’t go.

“A lot of people get confused between old versus historic. What is contributing to the historic character and what is just a house, an old house?” said Hillcrest Business Association Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls.

The house next to Urban Mo’s is owned by Hillcrest Partners, LLC, and is not considered a historic property by the city of San Diego.

In an effort to keep the home from being destroyed, the owner said they will give the house away for free to any party willing to foot the bill to move the home.

Urban Mo’s has been a staple in the Hillcrest community for 23 years.

“We hope to be here for the next fifty years,” Urban Mo’s representative Eddie Reynoso said. He said expanding would be great for the community.

The restaurant also said it's helping rid a big problem in Hillcrest.

Parking is often tough to find, so adding a parking lot would be great for consumers, according to Urban Mo's.

Right now, many of their customers have to park blocks away.

Construction is already underway but will pick up in spring.

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