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City to Demolish Octagon Building

"(The building) is potentially unstable enough to fall over at any given time," said Public Works Director Mike Witzansky.

The octagon-shaped building next to the Redondo Beach Pier—also known as Parcel 10—will soon be no more, the city council decided Tuesday night.

The building, which has been empty for several years due to structural issues, was further damaged several weeks ago by strong winds in the area, according to Public Works Director Mike Witzansky.

"The wind event blew off panelings that structurally surrounded the Parcel 10 building for several years, exposing the interior of the upper floor of the building," Witzansky told the council. "It exposed a condition that we think is potentially a danger to the health (of visitors) … It is potentially unstable enough to fall over at any given time."

The council approved an emergency demolition of the building, which will cost the city an estimated $61,827. Witzansky said the Public Works Department will initiate work Wednesday, and that the building would probably be torn down within 10 days.

"We'll remove all the material (and) we'll do our best to get it down to a smooth grade surface, and it will remain a concrete foundation," Witzansky said. "Once we get the material out of there … we can look at how we can beautify the space."

In the meantime, the city has closed the ramp that circles the building from the Redondo Beach Pier to the International Boardwalk until the octagon building is torn down, according to a notice sent to neighbors.

john miller February 06, 2013 at 11:25 PM
The city might want to look at www.birdgard .com . They have the product that will keep the birds away. I think a couple of winter storms , and high tides will take care of the rest of the problem. Power washing will make a mess and pollute the water at a rapid rate . Solve the bird problem first so we don"t wast time and money . Thanks Chris .
Barbara Epstein February 07, 2013 at 09:06 PM
We attended the Waterfront Workshop the other week and no mention was made of the plans to demolish this structure. We spent considerable time at our round table discussing best uses for this interesting building, but our time and effort must not matter. We walked to the pier today and watched the machine take giant bites out of it and spit them out into a pile. By tomorrow it will be down. Any public discussion if you missed the council meeting?
Wolfman February 09, 2013 at 02:04 AM
no more multi million dollar storage shed for the city of Redondo Beach
Hannah March 08, 2013 at 06:01 PM
NO DON'T TEAR DOWN THE BAIT SHOP. This is an O.C. world renowned landmark please don't tear it down. All O.C. fans will cry
Nicole Mooradian March 08, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Hi Hannah— The building was torn down within three days of this article being posted. It was structurally unsound; city staff said that if they didn't tear it down, it was going to fall down.

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