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Business in brief, Nov. 27, 2018

November 28, 2018

Property once owned by Eagles rocker for sale

A 4.7-acre property in the hills southeast of Santa Fe is being marketed as a piece of music history.

The four-bedroom house at the end of a private driveway off San Sebastian Road sits on a lot where the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles once had a home.

The listing by Sotheby’s International Realty says that for $1,175,000 you can relax on the site where the singer-songwriter once took it easy with a million stars all around. Or you could find inspiration in the stand-alone music studio.

The luxuriously appointed Southwestern-style home, built in 2002 (an earlier residence burned down in the 1980s, reportedly during a party), won’t fetch anywhere near the $14 million sale price reported last December for Frey’s onetime house in the tony Brentwood section of Los Angeles.

That six-bedroom, Mediterranean-style house, situated behind hedges and gates on a nearly three-quarter-acre lot, came with a guesthouse and a tiled swimming pool and spa.

Seafood distributor adopts new name

Santa Monica and Seattle may be 865 and 1,458 miles, respectively, from Santa Fe, but Albuquerque’s Seattle Fish Co. of New Mexico will change its name to Santa Monica Seafood on Dec. 1 to “minimize confusion with other similarly sounding seafood distributors,” according to a news release.

Santa Monica Seafood, based inland a bit in Rancho Dominguez nearer to Long Beach than Santa Monica, acquired Seattle Fish Co. in April. Seattle Fish Co. has been in Albuquerque since its establishment in 1987.

“We want to take advantage of Santa Monica Seafood’s stronger brand name,” Santa Monica Seafood CEO Roger O’Brien said. “Other than the name change, it’s business as usual.”

The management team, sales representatives and other employees will remain in place in Albuquerque.

Santa Monica Seafood has markets and cafes in Santa Monica and Costa Mesa.

Seattle Fish’s delivery drivers in Albuquerque and west Texas deliver seafood throughout the Southwest.

Startup sees potential uses for plastic waste

Organizers of a local venture believe they have come up with some ideas for reusing plastic items like used water bottles, for which the recycling market collapsed when China stopped buying such cast-off materials from other countries.

They have been collecting and compressing plastics from around the city with the idea that they be made into insulation and other building materials.

Hallie Brennan, community outreach and project coordinator for Upcycle Santa Fe LLC, which has a website touting “holistic waste management,” makes an Earth-friendly product known as an eco-brick, a plastic bottle packed full of soft plastics. Another is called Ubuntu-Blox, which she described to a KRQE-TV reporter as “essentially like a hay bale.”

“They can be easily integrated into a framed structure,” founder Jo Stodgel told the reporter.

The venture is in the process of raising money to test both products to see what the actual insulation value might be, as well as conducting a flame spread test to see how quickly they might burn in the case of a house fire.

The New Mexican

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