CHICO, Calif. - People who live near The Graduate building in Chico say the demolition of the building is long overdue.
Cameron Veisze has lived near The Graduate building for three years. "The biggest problem is probably the homelessness and the dirt and grime and a lot of trash," said Veisze.
The restaurant closed in 2015 and has been vacant ever since, becoming a magnet for the homeless.
Jeffrey Ford, who also lives near the area says, "There's definitely a lot of homeless activity here, it's a little sketchy."
Project Manager, Phil Strawn says they plan to build a restaurant, parking structure, and a coffee shop.
Monday morning crews began tearing down the building.
"Anything that's not an abandoned building, I hope something better comes in," Vesize said.
Strawn says they are hoping to break ground by the end of the summer.
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