G Street house set for demolition today

Written by Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate January 29, 2014 02:36 pm

A dilapidated house in downtown Crescent City that is considered uninhabitable by the city will be demolished today.

North Coast Environmental Demolition Construction of Eureka will remove the asbestos at 308 G St. and tear it down, said Mike Young. A local civil engineer and former city manager, Young has been the court-appointed city-funded receiver for the property since July 2013.

The city has tried to get the home’s former owner, Jim Snow, to clean up the property for nearly 10 years, said City Manager Eugene Palazzo. He estimated that Young’s services as receiver and the demolition will cost the city $40,000 to $50,000.

“Once this is all done, the court will direct the receiver to sell the property and we’ll get our money first,” Palazzo said. “Whatever is left over goes back to the lien holders or the owner.”

Snow donated the property to Our Daily Bread Ministries about six months ago, said Director Mike Justice. Once the demolition is finished, Our Daily Bread Ministries will try to sell the property, Justice said.

Young said he had considered offering the property to the Crescent City Fire Department for a fire training exercise, but it was more cost effective to simply demolish the property.

“It’s so much cheaper to have a contractor demolish the whole thing,” he said. “I have to have a contractor come in and clean the site anyway.”

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