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A new list identifies Newhall Ice Co. as Santa Clarita's #1 most historic building.

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[KHTS] – The building that houses the Newhall Ice Company, one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s oldest businesses, could be up for auction next month if the owners take no action, according to a public foreclosure notice.

Peak Foreclosure Services will hold a public auction at the Pomona Civic Center Plaza on Feb. 13 and 11 a.m. unless owners William and Katherine Pape, who also own Artesia Ice Service, are able to have the sale postponed.

Newhall Ice Company Building Could Be Auctioned In February“Said property is being sold for the purpose of paying the obligations secured by said Deed of Trust, including fees and expenses of sale,” according to the public notice. “The total amount of the unpaid principal balance, interest thereon, together with reasonably estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee’s Sale is $52,388.30.”

The Newhall Ice Co. building is currently under the city of Santa Clarita’s historic preservation ordinance, which was adopted in 2008.

It was one of 11 buildings put on a historic preservation list when the city rewrote its ordinance in 2012.

While the ordinance would not protect the Newhall Ice Co., which leases the building, the structure itself is protected regardless of who owns it, said Dave Peterson, assistant planner for the city.

“The building will be under the same historic preservation designation,” he said. “…Any potential changes to the historic nature (are) subject to review by the city.”

Newhall Ice Company Building Could Be Auctioned In FebruaryThe purpose of the ordinance is “to promote the economic and general welfare of the City of Santa Clarita by preserving and protecting public and private historic, cultural and natural resources which are of special historic or aesthetic character or interest, or relocating such resources where necessary for their preservation and for their use, education, and view by the general public,” according to the city’s Municipal Code.

The Newhall Ice Company has been in business since 1906 and moved into their current location in the mid 1920s.

In July 2013, there were reports that the Pape family would sell the Newhall Ice building.

At the time, Newhall Ice employees said that they were unsure whether the new owner would choose to keep them there or if they would have to move to a different location.



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  1. Jeff Selph Jeff Selph says:

    Crazy, hope whoever buys it keeps Newhall Ice as a tenant

  2. T. Katz T. Katz says:

    Oh, dear. I never like hearing news like this — where are the philanthropic historians that want to keep even a slice (especially a cool one) of the valley’s history?! o_O

  3. Gary Mason Gary Mason says:

    After all of this renovating that they are doing to downtown Newhall, why are so many businesses fleeing or faltering?

  4. Gary Mason, I was talking to a few business owners on Main St. this week and learned the following:

    1) New traffic pattern cuts diwn on business, not much foot traffic.

    2) Rents are being raised and the term ‘gentrification’ has been thrown around. One business owner told me those who own their land are fine but those who rent (Tressieras was mentioned) are losing their spots so high dollar, more trendy tenants can move-in.

    3) A few biz owners said they’ve only stayed afloat this padt year thanks to one or two film shoots paying them.

    4) One women’s clothing store is desperately trying to stay afloat.

    5) Rumor has it there are some landowners/developers/officials pushing for a movie theater down there, but I don’t see how that would fit the scale or feel of Main St. so I don’t give that one much weight.

    I love the idea and effort behind the Old Town project, but not at the expense of local small businesses. The Old town feel is really coming through and I love walking around up there, but I really hate what’s happening to mom&pop.

  5. Gary Mason Gary Mason says:

    Thanks for the info!

  6. SCVTV Santa Clarita, does that mean they essentially lost crucial financing mid-project?

  7. SCV is just becoming the next “valley” up the food chain – is everyone ready to move to the outer desert?

  8. SCV is just becoming the next “valley” up the food chain – is everyone ready to move to the outer desert?

  9. Steven Asker Steven Asker says:

    This is sad. Hopefully they let them stay. I’m the owner of Placerita Liquor on main st. And my dad bought the place in 1980 and yes them moving all the traffic towards railroad ave has hurt us big time. It’s just sad seeing all the businesses who have been around us for so long closed down.

  10. Steven Asker Steven Asker says:

    This is sad. Hopefully they let them stay. I’m the owner of Placerita Liquor on main st. And my dad bought the place in 1980 and yes them moving all the traffic towards railroad ave has hurt us big time. It’s just sad seeing all the businesses who have been around us for so long closed down.

  11. First of all, NOOOOOO! Secondly, I feel so responsible. We bought an ice maker and now the ice house is failing. So sorry.

  12. First of all, NOOOOOO! Secondly, I feel so responsible. We bought an ice maker and now the ice house is failing. So sorry.

  13. Steven Asker, we met the other day. Thx for making me feel welcome in your great store. :)

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