What's Buggin' You? Burned out building on Broadway bothers neighbors

12:09 PM, Mar 19, 2012   |    comments
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What's Buggin' You with Kate Larsen

SACRAMENTO, CA - A dangerous building, almost destroyed by fire, is becoming a real eyesore for the Broadway business community. For almost two years neighbors at Fifth and Broadway in Sacramento have been working next to an empty, roofless building, severely damaged by a fire in 2010.

"It's just ugly. Who wants to see that everyday when they go to work," asks Christe Dantche who works across the street from the burnt out building. When it was last functioning, 511 Broadway was an auto repair business, then on June 9th, 2010, a fire ripped through the building, destroying almost everything inside. Firefighters put out the flames and since then no repairs have been made.

"You have a building that's burnt down, squatters, it's just bad, it's really bad for the area, " says Lou Ybarra who works at Saldivar Auto Body across the street and says the building is a blight on the surrounding businesses. "They see our building but then they look across the street. It kinda makes them second guess. Do I really wanna bring my vehicle here? Is this the kind of safe area where I would leave a vehicle at?

Many News10 employees feel the same way. The station is kitty corner from the burned building. The owner of the property says he's working with engineers to start the repair process.

In the mean time, Ron O'Connor, Operations Manager with the City of Sacramento's Building/Code Compliance Division, says the owner is getting fined. "So far we've leaned $9,250 and there's still another $1,100 that we haven't invoiced yet."

Six months after the fire, Sacramento's Code Enforcement Department ordered the owners to either repair or demolish the building, which has been classified as "dangerous." Last week officers met with the owners again to discuss their progress. "We're working with them. They're putting together a repair design and engineering for it to get it fixed," says O'Connor.

The owner says he'd like to start construction later in the Spring or Summer. If he doesn't, the city will tear down the building.

If you live or work in the City of Sacramento and have concerns over a neglected building in your area, you can call the Sacramento's call center at 3-1-1.

If something is bugging you, then you can bug Kate by emailing her at bugkate@news10.net.


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