Demolition has begun this week on eighteen homes north of the Chico State campus. The university purchased the homes with plans to build new student housing and parking, but as of Tuesday night it looks like the university has yet to come to an agreement with some homeowners to clear the area.
The owners of three homes in the planned demolition area have yet to agree to sell. We knocked on their doors to get their response to the story but none of them were home. We did speak to one of the tenants renting one of the homes. They told me off camera that the home is owned by a brother and sister and that there may have been some escrow or paperwork issues that is holding up the sale.
Chico State says their plan to develop the area has been one 20 years in the making. Regardless of the outcome, they plan to continue expansion.
Chico State plans to complete demolition of the 18 homes in just two weeks. They say in the meantime that conversations with the owners of the three homes are 'productive' and that they will continue discussions.