SALINAS, Calif. (KION) The Dick Bruhn building in Oldtown Salinas is under new ownership and expected to undergo renovations.
The building burned down in a 2016 fire, and the remains have been empty ever since.
According to Kevin Dayton, the government affairs director at Salinas City Center, the building will include 19 residential units, up to five retail units and an atrium when renovations are finished.
Dayton said only six or seven of the building's more than 70 steel beams need to be replaced due to heat damage of the fire, and only about 10% of the timber frame needs to be replaced.
Taylor Fresh Foods bought the building from the previous owners earlier this month.
A blight ordinance passed in March 2019 allowed the City of Salinas to seek receivership of the building last year after they said the previous owners did not begin repairing the damage from the fire. A court sided with the city and declared the building a safety issue.
After that, Dayton said the owners had to decide whether to fight with the city or sell the building.