The waste management company that owns an historic Huntington Beach church property has offered to help pay to relocate what some have called the most important surviving Asian American site in Orange County.
Sue Gordon, the vice president of public affairs for Rainbow Environmental Services, said the company will donate the amount it would have spent to demolish the buildings at Warner Avenue and Nichols Lane if community members make arrangements to have them moved. The long-vacant property once housed the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Church, an immigrant family home and more.
Rainbow (formerly Rainbow Disposal), the property's owner since 2004, has applied to the city to rezone the property and demolish the structures. Some local preservationists, though, have voiced a desire to preserve them, and the company stated in late September that it would help with such an effort if possible.
"We did make an announcement that we would be more than happy," Gordon said. "If they're not moved, we have to demolish the buildings, and that would be a cost to us, so we would donate that amount of money toward their movement."