The buildings being torn down are at 418, 424 and 434 W. Eaton Ave. and 455 W. Beverly Place. The last is the former office of the American Medical Response ambulance company. AMR moved out in early November after being told by the property owner that the building was not structurally sound and would be condemned. According to city officials, the owner is Tracy Community Memorial Hospital Foundation.
The houses on West Eaton Avenue face Eaton Medical Plaza, 441 W. Eaton Ave., and the former AMR building is across Bessie Avenue from Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. All four were fenced off June 25.
The first houses to be demolished were 418 and 434 W. Eaton Ave., on Monday and Tuesday.
“They are fencing the properties for asbestos abatement and demolition,” Baize said. “We are in the process of doing demolition and cleanup only.”
He said the other structures will be demolished in late July.
The reason is recent vandalism, Baize said.
“They had several incidences of vandalism and some squatters,” he said. “The buildings are in disrepair and becoming a bit of a nuisance.”
The houses near the medical plaza were previously slated to be demolished to make way for a parking lot. The lot was to be used by workers at a new medical plaza that Sutter Gould Medical Foundation wanted to build to replace Eaton Medical Plaza.
The foundation controls certain assets of Sutter Health.
Building applications for the new medical plaza were denied by the Tracy Planning Commission on March 26, and Sutter Health withdrew its appeal before it went before the Tracy City Council.
Baize said that no immediate plans had been proposed for the site of the demolished buildings.
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