“We received a 90-day notice from our landlord saying the structure was unsound, and we should be vacating the building,” he said Wednesday, Nov. 13. “We thought it was in the best interest of our employees and public to vacate as soon as possible. Unsafe structure — that is what our notice said.”
Durand declined to say who owns the property, but according to senior city planner Victoria Lombardo, the owner is listed as Tracy Community Memorial Hospital Foundation.
According to Ana Contreras, code enforcement officer for the city of Tracy, city officials did not condemn the building. She said Wednesday that she had not received notification regarding the structure’s instability.
The building, occupied by AMR for more than a decade, provided housing for ambulance crews and storage for extra equipment and supplies.
AMR officials are searching for a new substation, Durand said.
“We don’t know where at this point,” he said. “Upper management is looking at different locations right now. Most likely, it will be somewhere centrally located so we can cover the city the same as we used to.”
In a July 2 interview, Durand said that AMR doesn’t keep ambulances in a central location but stages them around town based upon population data and where calls for help are regularly made.
On Wednesday, he reiterated that closing the Beverly Place substation will not affect ambulance response times in Tracy.
Durand said acquiring a new substation should be resolved in the next month or two.
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