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San Lorenzo School District Officials Developing Plans for Armory Site

The building is expected to be demolished sometime next month.

Come Februrary, the on Ashland Avenue is history.

In a unanimous decision at last night's board meeting, board members voted to allow district officials to work with Architecture for Education and teachers and staff in developing design concepts for the site.

Architecture for Education has worked with the school district on numerous other projects such as the science labs an up-and-coming digital arts facility for San Lorenzo High.

Renovations made to the site may begin as early as June or July, according to Dr. Lowell Shira, the district's assistant superintendent for business.

Funding for the project comes from Measure O, the classroom and facilities imrpovement bond. The cost of the project has yet to be determined but will not exceed $7,500.

Shira said he has already been talking with the different parties.

"We don't know what we're going to build there," he said. "We're probably not looking for any building structure but what kind of hardscape or landscape to put in that area."

The district has leased a portion of the site to the state of California for the National Guard since 1948. In the early 1950s, the state constructed the armory building on the site.

The It also contains some hazardous substances such as lead and asbestos, according to officials.

So bringing the building up to code would cost millions of dollars for an investigation and structural improvements to secure the site as a public school building.

The  in September 2010. In past months, the National Guard has removed underground storage tanks and other items from the site, which has made Superintendent Dr. Dennis Byas a bit uneasy about using site in general.

"We don't know what else they may have buried in the ground," he said during the meeting.

Alfred Cautiverio January 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM
This building should be used as a rental hall, organization meeting area, I would not mind to being a care taker of this building, and putting it in use for the next 5 years. While the city decides on how they would love to operate this historical building, that was once the home of the US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. I have attend many weekends in this building, before I was deployed for Iraq in 2004, I know that the city talk of the building not being of said standards of operation, but then again, what house in the area...IS? San Lorenzo High operates in a few of the the other buildings. So why not at least give this building a little life. To stand tall for few more years. Given a face lift, probably would not cost the city a whole lot of money. I know of volunteers that would put time in towards cleaning it up and maintaining it. As well as being available in renting it out forwarding all money's to the city......thanks for your ears....please think about....I'm sure that this has come into discussion......but give it another thought. :o)
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) January 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Alfred, thank you for your comment and your service =) According to the last article on this site, officials said the building does not meet "Field Act" requirements for school building seismic safety and contains some hazardous substances (lead and asbestos). It would cost millions for investigation and subsequent improvement to be done on the building.
Geoffrey M. Thatcher May 05, 2012 at 08:44 PM
As of today, the building is history!

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