Rains cause more damage to Pacifica apartments

December 30, 2010 9:54:11 AM PST
The heavy rain has caused another portion of the cliffside apartments in Pacifica to fall away. The building at 330 Esplanade is still just sitting there, one year later, yet it appears the building owner isn't doing anything.

A building official with the city of Pacifica says the piece that fell out is small, nothing too dramatic, but he said the building owner needs to do something to stop the erosion of the bluff. City officials want to set up a meeting with him and they have been trying to get a hold of him since the rains came a few weeks ago.

There are a couple of other buildings along this strip of hilltop that are also being closely watched. People still live in them and work crews have taken steps to protect them. The news that more of the bluff has crumbled makes some of them nervous, but their representative says it's not a big deal.

"I was surprised more didn't go in, given the storm we had. I had never seen rain horizontally for three hours like it did last night," Building agent Bart Willoughby said.

"I guess I am a little worried, but I try not to be. It just depends on how bad the winter is going to be," Pacifica resident Cathy Collins said.

330 Esplanade is red tagged, so no one lives there, but the building owner still has control. The last the city heard, the owner was trying to find money, perhaps from the government to pay for the erosion protection. If the city condemns the building, then city officials can order that it be demolished.

Some residents are ready for that to happen, since they think it's going to fall into the ocean anyway.


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