Papers dated October 22nd. (see below), have been filed with the California Superior court seeking a warrant that would, if granted, enable the City to move in within twenty-four hours and begin the demolition of the Magruder building.
Two major differences between this approach and that considered by the City back in June are:
- Only the superstructure would be demolished; the foundations would be left in place, thereby reducing the demolition cost.
- The cost of demolition would be recouped by making such repayment a condition on the granting of any planning consent on a future development of the site.
These changes address the two major objections voiced against the previous proposal, namely that demolishing the building and taking out the foundations, as the owners had asked the City to do, would increase the cost well beyond what was necessary to abate the nuisance the building is creating, and that offering to do the work without recouping the cost would be making a gift to a private individual of tax-payer money.
The City was to have filed a similar petition for a warrant to demolish the nearby derelict Rock Garden building at the same time as the petition was filed for demolition of the Magruder building but this has been delayed to sort out some inconsistencies in the relevant paperwork and the City tells us that this will be done shortly.
The document below is a proposed Abatement warrant the City has provided authorizing City officials and others to take action, if the Superior court grants the City's petition.