The Lompoc City Council approved funding to demolish the municipal pool in Lompoc that has not been used since 2000.
The municipal pool opened its doors in 1954 and has undergone several revisions over the years but it has been closed since May 2000 because of structural deficiencies and earthquake safety concerns.
Throughout the years Lompoc city staff has considered several options regarding what to do with the complex. They considered structurally retrofitting the pool, deconstructing the roof and parts of the walls or leaving the pool intact and fixing the buildings structure. Ultimately, nothing was ever decided.
The city tried to demolish the building in 2017, but the plans were scrapped because it cost more money then originally allotted.
The current demolition attempt was initiated by Lompoc City Manager Jim Throop after he toured the vacant facility in Oct. 2018.
Throop directed the engineering division to develop plans for demolishing the complex and the Lompoc City Council approved the demolition on Sept. 17, 2019.
Demolishing the complex is estimated to cost $472,650. Crews are scheduled to be done tearing it down by November or December this year.
The Lompoc Aquatic Center was built in 2006 to replace the municipal pool and give Lompoc residents a place to partake in aquatic recreation activities.