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Demolition underway at former Lompoc municipal pool site

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 15:53:06-05

Soon memories will be all that remain of the former Lompoc municipal pool, which has sat vacant for nearly two decades.

After weeks of planning and prep work, demolition has begun on the building.

In September, the Lompoc city manager determined the safety concerns associated with the abandoned building outweighed the financial concerns and decided to move forward with the demolition plans.

City leaders say 100 percent of the funds needed for the project came from a refinancing of a debt two years ago and no general funds were needed.

Fencing is now up around the site but people can watch demo on the city's website through three cameras set up for live streaming.

Thursday, bulldozers could be seen working on the inside, tearing up the bottom of the old pool.

The City says the major portion of the demolition is scheduled to take place next week.

The 65-year-old pool on Ocean Avenue once played an important role in the City of Lompoc but after it was deemed unsafe in 2000 and the cost to renovate the pool was determined to be out of reach, it was closed.

Even though the pool sat empty and unused, the city did not have the funding to demolish the pool house until this year.

The future of the space remains unknown but in the meantime, local officials plan to install benches and landscaping.

The demolition process is expected to take several months and will likely wrap up in February.