If you have been parking your car in the abandoned Magic Gas station in Echo Park, get ready to find a new parking space. The gas station that has in recent years seen several owners come and go has once again found a new proprietor, Jafar Rashid, who owns four other gas station in Los Angeles. After a year-long struggle to take control of Magic Gas – aka Echo Fuels – from the previous owner, Rashid said he is now the owner of the property and the station that closed without warning in September and was soon used by residents and shoppers as a community parking lot. This week, a crew of workers began gutting the interior of the station, which Rashid said he hopes to have reopened by the end of March. Will it still be called Magic Gas?
Rashid said he’s not sure, saying he would like the station to operate under the Chevron brand. He also said he would like to get involved supporting community groups. “The community is very nice,” he said. “People are very friendly.”
Meanwhile, until the station reopens, Rashid said motorists can feel free to continue to park on the property. “It doesn’t bother me.”