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A building owned by Burlingame’s mayor will be the fourth to be demolished in two years in downtown Burlingame, although the city’s building inspector has ruled the building is not a threat to public safety.

Gabe Faimon | Reporter

BURLINGAME—In a span of less than 24 months, four unoccupied buildings in downtown Burlingame will have undergone demolition. The fourth building, at 117 E. Santa Fe Ave., owned by Burlingame Mayor Raymond Hovestadt, was discussed during the Jan. 16 meeting of the Burlingame City Council.

The council reviewed a report submitted by city building inspector James Welch, who had conducted a survey of Hovestadt’s structure on Dec. 5 and a follow-up survey on Jan. 11.

In his report, Welch said, “The front wall is leaning to the south, well beyond structural standards; however, the roof is compensating for the structural load and is providing support needed to maintain the wall. Total roof failure would have to occur before the top quarter of the front wall would collapse on itself. It is my opinion that there is no immediate threat to the health or safety of the general public at this time. No barriers are needed to keep the public safe.”

Welch added, “the structure is sound enough to allow the building owner to remove the building as planned without interference from the city.”

During council review of the report, Hovestadt repeated a statement he made during a Jan. 9 council meeting regarding plans to demolish the building.

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