Sell it: Orders Susanville City Council
Saving the Victorian was cost prohibitive but rather than destroying the structure, the council agreed the next course would be to place it on the real estate market.
The house was owned by the city and transferred to the Susanville Community Development Agency in hopes some of-the Community Development Block Grant money could be used to renovate the home to be used as apartments or offices.
Pace Civil, Inc. evaluated the house in two phases. The first phase included a site visit and examination, structural calculations and a written report with general recommendations for rehabilitation work.
At its Aug. 16 meeting, the council directed staff to request Pace Civil, Inc. provide a price estimate for phase two of the structural evaluation process.
The scope of services is a two-part process Administrative Assistant Gwenna MacDonald told the council at its Sept. 20 meeting.
The first part, which included data collection and plan production, would cost the city $10,500. The second part for production plan specifications would cost the city $25,000.
MacDonald told the council the money was available in the CDBG Revolving Loan Fund 2016.
The council voted not to spend $36,500 to have the plan drawn up, in part because the phase one analysis said the renovation would cost at least $500,000. The home appraised between $100,000 and $200,000.
In August, MacDonald told the council that the renovation work would be extensive because it was nearly impossible to get under the house and some of the foundation was sitting directly on soil.
The phase one report listed 10 items that would have to be completed to bring the building up to code and safe to occupy. The recommendations included but were not limited to:
•Remove all roofing and spaced sheeting boards. Construct new plywood roof deck, felt, shingles and flashing;
•Repair and/or replace decayed roof framing and trim;
•Strengthen rafters and rafter connections in approximately three-quarters of the roof and provide attic ventilation openings;
•Remove all floor decking on the entire first floor to permit evaluation of crawl space. Construct concrete footings and piers to get all framing above soil and rocks and provide new ventilation openings; construct concrete perimeter foundations where they are not occurring;
•Excavate ground around perimeter of the building in order to get a six-inch clearance between wood siding and trim and soil below;
•Provide revised grading at northwest corner of the building so surface water will drain away; construct a shear wall or bracing system to comply with current code requirements;
•Provide anchorage of brick chimney to roof structure;
•Reconstruct stairs to comply with all building code requirements;
•Other miscellaneous items as needed.
Councilmember Doug Sayers joked that he may take a $1 for the place. However, the council said it is hoping to get a fair price for the house.
If the property does not sell, the council discussed, in August, razing the house and using the property as a parking lot.
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