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Orland cafe's construction hold-up

One Orland business said they may need to shut their doors permanently on their 70-year-old building.

Posted: Jan 3, 2020 5:29 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2020 8:30 PM

ORLAND, Calif. - Repairs on one Orland business is desperately needed and the City of Orland, who owns the building, is making the repairs but a tenant says it is going to wind up costing her thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

Julie Vantol owns 4th Street Cafe and has been a tenant in the 70-year-old building for five years.

"The foundation is just crumbling under the building, it was creating an unsafe condition for guests and employees," said Vantol.

The city owns the building and is paying to fix the floor and roof.

"They have been great about making necessary repairs along the way," said Vantol but she also said it is not enough. "I need to make sure I take care of my employees who I love."

Vantol posted on Facebook the repairs will force her to close shop for nearly a month and said it will cost her thousands of dollars for which the city will not reimburse.

"We haven't seen documentation of what are the expenses that are anticipated of the out-of-pocket expenses during the downtime," said city manager Pete Carr.

Carr said it will cost the city more than $100,000 just to fix the floor.

"It may have more than we haven't yet identified so when you start tearing into an old building you sometimes find out that there's more to it than you thought before," said Carr.

In the meantime, Vantol is getting ready to shut down the ovens, maybe permanently if she and the city can not agree on a reimbursement.

"It's pretty overwhelming at times knowing what should be done with the right thing," said one employee.

"I know that the support from the community has been beyond what I could have ever hoped or expected," said Vantol.

The city manager said the business owner has not been forthcoming with expense documents, though Vantol said she has sent them all.

The Orland City Council will meet Jan. 6 to discuss the matter with construction on the building expected to also begin on Jan. 6.

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