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Presentation slated on Masonic Temple

March 06, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

A downtown El Centro building whose structural integrity has been questioned will be the subject of a presentation before the El Centro City Council on Wednesday.

The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. at 1275 Main St.

The building was formerly the Masonic Temple but now sits empty. It is owned by Calexico architect Kenton Hems. The building also formerly housed Ironwood Dog Grooming, the El Centro Bike Shop and the Gustavo C. Abril and Tony Diaz Bail Bonds. The building was the first home of the Imperial Irrigation District.

Hems said he is willing to renovate the building if tenants can be found, despite the potential cost of $750,000 to $1 million.

For several days two weeks ago the building was cordoned off by police tape as some of the facade had fallen off due to the weight of rainwater. At the last council meeting the city attorney was directed to research the city's responsibility in regard to health and safety and police powers regarding the structure.

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In other business the council:

l is set to discuss and possibly act upon a job description and salary range for the new position of parks and recreation director;

l will receive an update on the financial bonding of the El Centro Regional Medical Center.

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