Veteran developer Joseph K. Eichenbaum, who has solved countless real estate problems over the years, now faces one of box-car proportions.
He is planning to build a five-story, 127-room hotel--one of the first of a planned chain of Hampton Inns--on the site of a now-closed Victoria Station, which was one of eight restaurants in West Covina's Restaurant Row adjacent to the San Bernardino (10) Freeway.
The problem: What to do with five railroad cars--without tracks--which once served as a Victoria Station restaurant?
If Amtrak, Southern Pacific, Sante Fe or some railroad club want to bargain, he'll make them a deal they can't sidetrack.
Meanwhile, he plans to start construction this month on a $3.5-million hotel--with completion expected in the fall--to join the existing 130-room Holiday Inn and 130-room Raffles Hotel at the easterly end of Restaurant Row. Neither the Raffles nor the new Hampton will have restaurants, and will rely on the adjacent eateries to serve their guests.