News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved the demolition of the old Overland Motel.
Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved the demolition of the old Overland Motel during a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in Needles, California.
The action by members of the Needles City Council authorized demolition and/or a controlled burn of the Overland Motel, including structures and improvements at 710 and 712 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California, pursuant to court order authorizing demolition in city of Needles vs. Keith Ents USA, LLC and T&M Investors V.
According to the City of Needles, the property formerly known as the Overland Motel is a public nuisance and has been the subject of years of enforcement efforts resulting in a judge placing it in receivership. The City of Needles needs to eliminate the nuisance as it threatens public safety. Fires by transients have been experienced in the past. Numerous business enterprises exist nearby. Discussions have occurred with San Bernardino County Fire Department about using the building for a training opportunity. The Building Official met on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 and Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at the site and determined that fire would perform a training exercise by having a controlled burn for the northwest wing of the building demolishing that section. In addition, there will training exercises in the remainder of the building. This has been tentatively scheduled for the second week of October 2015. Once this exercise has been completed, Mr. Mark Adams from Cal Receivers will then prepare the documents necessary to solicit for local contractors to demolish the remainder of the building using the funds available from the sale of city properties.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the City of Needles has done everything we can to get compliance. The City of Needles monitor the sale of the property to a new property owner last year and tried to get in contact with the new property owner in terms of what the City of Needles can do to assist in bringing that property into compliance, but the City of Needles were unsuccessfully in making contact with the new property owner.
As for fiscal impacts, according to the City of Needles, the estimate is $85,000 — funds are available in the sale of city land reserves.
As for environmental impacts, according to the City of Needles, “N/A”; not applicable, not available, or no answer.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council that a plan by the San Bernardino County Fire Department and their training group regarding the fire department training uses and fire training will be completed at the end of this month.
After the fire department training is done at the old Overland Motel, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council that the building will be demolition down to its native soil.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the controlled burn training will happen in October 2015 and streets near the fire training may be closed, including West Broadway and E Street in Downtown Needles, California.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, an inspecting was done of the property and “there’s no asbestos that we can find on the site so far. We haven’t been in every room, but the sample rooms we been into, there’s no evidence of asbestos.”
On Friday, August 5th, 2011, the City of Needles Building and Safety Department ordered the building unsafe to occupy and posted the notice for residents to move out.
Since the closure, the building went into auctions well dust, vandals, and transients have taken over the property that use to be a stop for tourists and travelers driving from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California following the historic and world famous Route 66.
The old Overland Motel had also suffered weather damages from Monsoon storms and close calls with fires in the alleyway.
Reaction has been mix with residents saying finally the City of Needles is doing something to this public nuisance and fire hazard well other residents say we are losing a part of our history and it cane be save.
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