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Juvy Demo

Posted on 27th July 2011 at 07:45

The demolition of the old Juvenile Center on Croy Street in Kelso is now under way. Contractors started the teardown of the long-vacant building yesterday morning, calling in Kelso Police to help make sure that the building was empty before the demolition started. Officers used a public address system to call into the building, warning anyone who was possibly inside to get out. It doesn’t appear that anyone was inside. The 16,000 square-foot building has been empty since 2004; Cowlitz County Juvenile Services moved out in 1999, then the City of Kelso leased the building for five years. In 2006, the building was sold to a developer, who announced plans to build a retail center in that area. Those plans never materialized, then the empty building became a target for vandals. Many thousands of dollars in damage was done, making the building unusable. The building went into foreclosure, and in June of this year, the current noteholder announced plans to demolish the facility. The current owners say that they’d eventually like to sell the land for development.