The Redondo Beach City Council declared the historical octagonal building near the Redondo Beach Pier an “emergency project” on Tuesday night.
The building, located on Parcel 10, sustained structural damage in recent winds. Panels fell off, exposing the building’s interior and prompting the city to red-tag the former restaurant.
Public Works Director Mike Witzansky told the council Tuesday that the building was “potentially a danger to health and safety in the community” and “potentially unstable enough to fall over at any given time.”
The council approved an agreement with New Horizon Contracting to demolish the building immediately and conduct asbestos abatement for a total cost of $61,827.
“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 until we move forward with eventual amenity installations as part of the revitalization,” Witzansky said.
The ramp connecting the pier to the boardwalk around the building will be removed until the project is finished in about 10 working days.
Steve Shoemaker, who owns the adjacent Redondo Beach Fun Factory, said the “building should’ve been torn down 20 years ago.”