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Orange Line Extension Revs up to Break Ground

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Not owning your own property can be a bitch. And such is life when leasing from the government, one who will now be using some of the land for a transportation corridor. The Orange Line busway extension from the Warner Center up Canoga Avenue to the Chatsworth Train Station is slated to break ground this June. That means the businesses that have been leasing right-of-way property from Metro--some have for 50 years--will be booted or have their lease properties be chopped up into small ones. Father and son Charles and Bob Jacobi own one of those properties. "When there are so many places going out of business either on their own or through the economy, why should the government get involved in removing more businesses?" questioned Bob Jacobi to the Daily News. Other business owners and even government and economic officials agree, but they also note that no matter what, complaints will pile up and the benefit of the corridor to the region is a good thing.

The extension is scheduled to open in 2013.

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