I read the article about business owners considering working with Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District to house workers in Broadway Middle School. An interesting approach (short-term) to the lack of affordable housing for employees of Seaside businesses.

My question to the council and the owners of all of the businesses invested in this project is whether or not the building, which has been noted as being full of asbestos and mold, will be rehabbed to ensure the health and well being of people who may end up living there while they serve the city of Seaside?

To quote a former article in the Seaside Signal:

“This is a building that has mold, rot, asbestos, cracks, sinking, water within the structure and a roof that inspection reports show has needed total replacement for quite some years.”

Federal regulations require damaged thermal system insulation to be cleaned and repaired and replaced.

From $4 million to $5 million needs to be spent just to keep the building watertight by replacing the roof and all west-facing windows.

The money raised by businesses thus far may pay SEPRD’s mortgage payments, but it does not even come close to covering the cost required to make the building safe for people to inhabit it.

Christina Buck


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