Tracy Code Enforcement Manager Ana Contreras said code enforcement officer Jim Decker inspected 455 Beverly Place on Nov. 18 with the hospital’s maintenance supervisor and concluded that the building was in fair shape.
“According to our inspection, we did not find any structural deficiencies that would have prompted the city to order the building to be vacated,” she said. “He (Decker) came back and said structurally, the building was structurally sound, with some damage to the foundation and stucco that joined a separate building addition.”
AMR left the building after receiving a 90-day notice from Sutter Tracy the week of Nov. 11, according to AMR spokesman David Durand. The notice asked the ambulance company to move out because the building was unsafe to occupy.
Contreras said city officials would order a building vacated only if its condition threatened the safety of the occupants, which she said the inspector did not find.
A spokesman for Sutter Health, Craig Baize, wrote in an email to the Tracy Press on Monday, Nov. 25, that the initial problem involved a large tree that had grown too close to the building.
Baize wrote that a major windstorm had made the matter worse and that upon further inspection, it was “discovered that the tree had damaged the foundation, making the building unsafe for occupancy in its current state.”
“We notified AMR of the situation, and they agreed that it was not worth risking the safety of their staff or their equipment by remaining in the building,” he wrote. “They have made arrangements for posting their personnel and ambulances in other locations to meet their needs. We have some other options we are exploring to continue to provide AMR with accommodations near our campus.”
The chief executive officer of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, David M. Thompson, referred all questions about the substation to Baize.
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