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Joe Lumer, 62

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 30, 2010, at 09:49PM
Joe's Auto Parks #236 Michael Chen [Flickr]

Joe's Auto Park lot at 236 S. Broadway.

Downtown residents may not know Joe Lumer, but they certainly know his parking lots.

The head of Joe's Auto Park and CEO of parent company L&R Investments has died at 62 according to a note sent out by the company today and posted at LA Observed.

L&R is one of Downtown's largest landowners, despite having sold off many properties for development in recent years. The most noteworthy of those sales was a 2006 transaction in which the company sold three buildings and a parking lot — comprising most of the block bounded by Spring, 6th, Main and 7th — to developer Barry Shy for $75 million. Today those buildings are SB Tower, SB Spring and SB Main.

According to the report, Lumer was vacationing in Argentina when he passed away suddenly. A memorial service is scheduled for Monday.

Update (Monday): The L.A. Times on Saturday ran a nice obituary about Lumer's death that included a focus on his work as a Holocaust researcher and author.

The piece also notes that it was actually Joe Lumer's uncle who was the namesake for Joe's Auto Parks.

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