Demolition of building on eroding seaside bluff begins

Mar 12, 2016 12:57 PM

Crews in Northern California have started tearing down a second vacant apartment building that massive erosion had left teetering on the edge of a cliff in the city of Pacifica.

Demolition of the 20-unit complex started Saturday morning during a respite between storms that had delayed the initial teardown.

A neighboring two-story building was razed in February. It had been vacant since its 12 units were red-tagged after a storm in 2010.

A third apartment building was tagged in January, forcing out occupants. Officials say they are trying to get that building demolished too.

The bluff was once big enough to accommodate playgrounds and a swimming pool in the space between the three apartment complexes and the cliff in Pacifica, one of the most erosion-prone stretches of the state's coastline.


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