Mark Rubin, Holocaust survivor, builder of Riverside office towers, townhouses and shopping centers in Riverside, and advocate for a UC Riverside medical school, has died. He was 84.
Rubin, a Beverly Hills resident, never lived in Riverside or the surrounding area, but considered it to be a prime location for future Southern California growth, said daughter Michelle Rubin of Los Angeles, who is president of Regional Properties.
“My dad just said, ‘I love building in Riverside. I love the people,’” she said. “It was all about the people.”
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Mark Rubin died of natural causes Saturday, Feb. 13, she said, and a funeral was held last week. Her family plans a memorial service in Riverside when coronavirus health orders allow for people to gather.
One of Mark Rubin’s most prominent developments is the Citrus Tower, a six-story office building at University Avenue and Lime Street in downtown Riverside that is a signature landmark along the 91 Freeway.
His last project, The Mark, a seven-story building that will feature 165 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail shops on the ground floor, is under construction a few blocks away on Market Street, Michelle Rubin said. It is expected to be completed late this summer, she said.
Michelle Rubin said her dad built many other projects after getting his start decades ago with the purchase of 2,500 acres of open land in the city’s Mission Grove area, which today is a bustling part of the city along Alessandro Boulevard.
“Anything Mark did, he did with quality, he did with skill,” said Ron Loveridge, the city’s mayor from 1994 to 2012.
“It wasn’t a question of, ‘How much money can I make?’” Loveridge said. “It was a question of, ‘How can I make something that I’m proud …read more
Source:: Los Angeles Daily News