Re "State puts press on cleaners" (City Beat, April 14) Capitol Area Development Authority requested that Department of General Services consider an extension of Mercury Cleaners' lease in order to assist Helen and Tom Kang. But the state's response was that it must address the environmental problem as soon as possible and that the building must be vacant for that to happen.
With CADA's support, Helen Kang was able to sign a letter of intent to negotiate a space at the newly built Legado de Ravel across the street from Mercury Cleaners' current location.
CADA has supported the Kangs through this challenging circumstance by hiring professionals to help them navigate the situation.
This included an interpreter to ensure their understanding of various matters and a design professional to help resolve technical issues regarding the move to the Legado de Ravel space.
CADA waived three months' rent at Mercury's current location and offered a temporary site a block and a half away at no charge while the new space is being set up. Scott Rassmussen, owner of Legado de Ravel, hopes to integrate the historic classic neon Mercury Cleaners sign on his new building. -- Wendy Saunders, CADA executive director