The City of Delta has purchased the West Home Center property at 327 Main Street for $19,033.62 -- the current and past property taxes on the land. The building has no value, according to county property records.
The city is using a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to acquire, then demolish the building and create a pocket park. Total anticipated cost is $272,560, with CDBG funding limited to $234,402 and the city contributing $38,158.
The CDBG grant is intended to assist the city with blight remediation within the Delta Urban Renewal Authority boundaries.
City manager David Torgler said the next step is to hire an engineer and prepare for removal of the building. Grant funds can be used; the grant can be used only for site acquisition as well as site assessment, environmental assessment, remediation and demolition.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.