#OfficeProblems. I have high standards. If you know me, you know that I’m constantly striving to find better efficiency, and have the best possible experience for my clients.
I H A T E the thought of potentially being seen as the flaky massage therapist that moved again- but I need us to be safe. I have poured my heart and income into this office space, but the building’s structural integrity, and the building as a whole are not a good investment. I’m just trying to do my best so I can offer my best… and continuing to try to make the best out of the situation.
September 2017: I’ve preferred having a solo, private office so that I can have everything ‘just so’. This definitely comes at a literal cost though. By shouldering commercial overhead by myself, I find that the offices that I can make work ‘within my budget’ seem to be plagued with overall building issues. I was *so excited and relieved* to really settle into my Bird Rock office, in BEAUTIFUL La Jolla, customizing it to be mine, long-term. But, from the start I’ve had major building problems that I’ve tried to make the best of.
This has been (some of) my journey. And my reason for vacating and relocating to temporary medical office space one mile north.
Not Turnkey: At move-in, I didn’t realize that the flooring wasn’t just unique, it was base, sub flooring and that I was renting the office as a shell. After I had signed the lease, I remember asking whoever I could describe my flooring to if it sounded weird, and am embarrassed to say that I didn’t realize a management company would lease me a shell space without telling me, knowing that I was looking for a turnkey for my massage therapy business. I sucked it up, and decided I was now in a lease- I’ll make the best of it and opt for putting in flooring rather than using a lot of rugs and looking cheesy. I’m blessed to have a client who does excellent contractor work and offered his services to do the install. While we were at it, we added ceiling fans because it was stiflingly stuffy that September month, and added a sink since the stubout(?) was available. To ‘make things work’, I sunk over $2k into the rental space on product and install.
Watch Your Step: Once the install was complete and sunset was happening later, I realized the exterior lights were set on a timer that I didn’t have access to. I can’t remember how long it was, but for over a month, despite my calls, texts and emails… the exterior building stairwell would be PITCH dark for the remainder of my evening sessions until 8pm, and I leave approximately 30-60 minutes later after cleanup. All I needed was the timer to be changed so that the stairs were lit. I would, embarrassed, try to walk clients up using my flashlight app on my phone. After reaching out to my building contact constantly- it became apparent he was ignoring me and wasn’t going to help. After much complaint, I finally got the overall JNFinancial maintenance manager’s contact and got the lights turned on.
Cleanup, Cleanup, Everybody Cleanup: Throughout my 18 months in this office, the open stairwell has been a cozy little nook for homeless nesting, smokers, drinking, urinating, and d e f e c a t i n g. There’s a boxed tree growing into the stairwell that I’ve asked, constantly, to be removed to make it less of a barricade and hideout spot. I’m the only business that takes clients upstairs- so I’m the only tenant that cares to clean up the stairwell- which I do, everyday before clients arrive. Trash, cigarettes, brown bag empty alcohol containers, homeless belongings storage, and f e c e s (decidedly not pictured) don’t get removed from the stairwell unless I make time to clean it. I had even started sending photos of the feces to every building contact I had so that they understood the gravity of what they weren’t cleaning up themselves.
I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet: Remember when the cleaners now located beneath my office moved in and started demo’ing two units into one big unit, removing the structural wall? For approximately 6 weeks, I continued to notice my office slumping- so much so that both doors stopped fitting in the door frame and the fix from maintenance was to shave the doors down and re-position the lock latch for the door to CLOSE and LOCK. There was a block of time that I was UNABLE to close and lock my exterior business door… at all. Nothing was being done, so I wrote into the city of San Diego for an investigation. A few days later, the cleaners started required construction to build back in an archway for structural support- and I gained downstairs neighbors that harass me, still, for notifying the city and requiring them to do additional contract work.
When the Walls Start Falling In: I can only guess that it’s due to all of the rain that we’ve received, but over the last month, the roof has apparently been leaking, causing water damage, and the ceiling of the neighbors on b o t h sides of my office have f a l l e n in. Horrible. Scary. They’ve now started immediate demo and reno of the roof and vacant cafe (pictured) with 3 days notice, only because I found out by being pesky and asking contractors assessing the building. Demo started 3/21 and potentially will last 2-3 weeks. Also, new tenant has turned off running water for the entire building without notice on 3 separate days, for extended periods of time. I wrap up with a client, and haven’t had running water to wash hands, soak cups, etc. and have had to use gallon jugs of water to make it work.
March, 2019: I’ve confirmed a temporary private office to use one block north, same road, on La Jolla Blvd. My new landlord is gracious to let me be flexible in length of stay in this medical office. I’m subleasing a space that may not renew their lease in a year, while I continue to look for a better long-term solution.
In the meantime, I’ve been allowed to circumstantially vacate my lease in my beautiful office I’ve tended to and loved, but have received written confirmation that they’re allowing me to break lease, and I think it’s for the best.
The new medical office space (temporary) is spacious and well-managed. It has a restroom inside the reception area, with ample non-metered street parking.
6505 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, California, 92037
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