by Toby Sells
Midtown Nursery has started work on its new, temporary location at the corner of McLean and Madison on the former site of Neil's, the Midtown bar, before it caught fire in 2011.
The nursery became the center of a low-heat debate late last year when they were told they had to vacate their former site at the corner of Cooper and Central. The corner's owner, Loeb Properties, leased the site to Chiwawa/Yolo/Tamp & Tap restaurateur Taylor Berger and attorney Michael Tauer for their Truck Stop restaurant/food truck hybrid concept. Midtown Nursery owners claimed they had a handshake agreement with Loeb for a lease extension at the site. But Loeb had indeed signed a new lease with Berger and Tauer.
The nursery closed its former location at Cooper and Central earlier this month. The company plans to have the new nursery open by March, according to its Facebook page.
"We hope to find a permanent location soon, but until then we will be (at Madison and McLean) come spring," the company said in a Facebook post. "We can't say thank you enough for your encouragement and support! See you again in March!"
Berger and Tauer won city approval for The Truck Stop in January from the Board of Zoning Appeals. Work has been underway on the site since. A fence has been erected around the site and heavy machines are tearing up the old parking lot.