County removes longtime eyesore

Written by Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate October 17, 2013 02:04 pm

More than a decade after departments migrated to the Flynn Administrative Center, Del Norte County demolished its building at 5th and G streets last week.

Built in 1954, the house at 700 Fifth Street was home to the Community Development Department, said County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina. The Board of Supervisors had its offices and chambers in a modular building on the same property and the county tax collector, assessor and information technology department was housed in another building across the street, he said.

But shortly after county administration moved to the newly-refurbished Flynn Administrative Center in 2000, officials realized the county could no longer use the building for offices, Sarina said. It had termites and was not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, he said, so officials began trying to find the funding to demolish it.

“The building has been used for surplus equipment and record storage,” Sarina said, adding that Crescent City officials also got involved. “A plan was put in place several years ago to deal with that funding, but we had to come up with the amount of money to be able to do the work. We’ve been trying to accumulate the funding to be able to cover (the demolition) for quite some time.”

Sarina estimated the cost of demolishing the building, which includes cleaning up asbestos and lead-based paint, at just over $60,000. 

Crescent City Manager Eugene Palazzo said the site had sat vacant for about 10 years, which prompted city staff to ask the county to “take a look” at it. 

“There was a lot of repair that needed to take place on that building,” Palazzo said. “We really appreciate Jay Sarina and the Board of Supervisors addressing that issue and taking care of it.”

Sarina said the county will take a look at its options for the site, including the possibility of relocating some office space to that area.

“At this point we’re following through on a long-term plan, which was to demolish that building,” he said. “We’ll be looking at what options we have in the future.”

 

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