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July 18, 2024

Photo: Traffic blocks go up at Kmart property

A crew from Vacant Property Security installs one of several traffic blocks in the parking lot of the former Kmart on Freedom Boulevard.

On Oct. 12, the Watsonville City Council started the process of declaring the abandoned property a public nuisance due to illegal camping, lack of sanitation and other issues. The council moved the final public nuisance declaration from its Tuesday meeting to its meeting in November because the site’s lessee and property owner had followed through with the city’s demands, which included installing these barricades and other fencing.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


  1. this site needs to become low cost housing, perhaps a bowling alley and down the street, a new city park.
    what a sad end for a great store that served Watsonville well for many years.


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