A little work is starting on the huge Redondo Beach waterfront makeover earlier than expected: the octagonal structure on the pier is scheduled to be demolished this week. The Daily Breeze reports that the public works director told the city council "that the city-owned building, boarded-up and deteriorating for years due to damage from storms and the corrosive ocean air, was in imminent danger of falling down," and councilmembers passed a resolution calling for its immediate demolition. Empty for eight years, the 34-year old building had apparently taken a beating from recent windstorms. Redondo Beach entered into an agreement with developer CenterCal Properties for a full-scale overhaul of the entire waterfront area--including its fading pier--several months ago. To gear up for the multi-year, $100-plus million project, the company has been meeting with residents to get input on the regeneration effort--among other things, they've sought ideas for future uses for the signature octagonal building. The building's sad fate has made at least one resident skeptical of the whole outreach effort, calling it "an elaborate hoax," in a letter reprinted by Redondo Beach Patch. The letter writer had hoped it could be used "for a merry-go-round, others suggested a marine study use."
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