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Former El Girasol property acquired by Jehovah’s Witnesses


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El Girasol’s street sign and building after the business shut down. The building was razed March 2016 and the property is currently under development. Photo from Yelp/ El T.

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The property that once was the location of a popular Pacoima nightclub is now owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

According to Los Angeles County records, 13535 Van Nuys Blvd., the former site of El Girasol, is now owned by the Regional Building Committee of Jehovahs Witnesses Inc.

A representative at the religion’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York could not confirm what the land was going to be used for, but said usually when the organization acquires land, it probably will be for a Kingdom Hall, the place for worship and congregation.

In March 2016, the building on the property was razed, and the property is currently under development.

Presently, there is one Kingdom Hall in Pacoima on Pierce at Dronfield. The Jehovah’s Witnesses was formed in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania in 1881 and claims more than 8.2 million members worldwide.


El Girasol is the second blighted property that will be converted to a church. On June 19, 2016, the Iglesia Universal opened this cathedral where former grocery store El Mercadito de Valle used to operate on Glenoaks Boulevard and Vaughn Street. Prior to the cathedral, the property was vacant and fenced off for more than five years. Photo by El Boletín.