Demolition began this week on the Jaycees Hall building at 405 5th St.
After determining that rehabilitating the building would be cost-prohibitive, the Galt City Council voted last spring to have it torn down at a cost of up to $20,000. The building is owned by the city.
A demolition contract was recently awarded to Parc Specialty Contractors. The first order of work to remove any hazardous building materials that may be present such as asbestos or lead began Tuesday.
Last fall, the Gathering Place Church had looked into fixing up the building so that it can serve as a community center, but there was too much damage — including failing roof supports — that exceeded their budget, according to city staff.
The building was at the center of a costly lawsuit between the city and the now-defunct Boys and Girls Club of Galt. It was ultimately purchased by the city in 2010, but there has not been money available to rehabilitate the building.
Windows have been broken and siding has fallen off. Inside, the building was filled with items including discarded furniture, an incomplete set of encyclopedias, history books and broken children’s toys.
The building originally served as a meeting hall for the Jaycees organization, but was vacant and boarded up for some time before being purchased for a Boys and Girls Club.
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