A fence will be placed around the Great Plate building on Monday as the City of Tracy begins to prepare the 100-year-old building for demolition sometime next year.

In a news release from the city Thursday morning, crews will place the fence around the two-story building and parking lot at 714 N. Central Avenue, closing off a section of sidewalk in front of the building and partially closing nearby Jackson Alley next to the building. The fence is expected to remain up through March.

Carissa Lucas, public information officer for the city, said the fence is going up as crews begin preliminary work leading up to demolition, including testing materials for asbestos, obtaining the necessary demolition permits and selecting a demolition contractor.

The preliminary work is expected to take approximately 3 months to complete, but Lucas said that the city has not pulled a demolition permit yet, and has not set a date for when the building would be torn down.

The Great Plate building has been vacant since March of 2016 after the city received reports of a sloping floor in the north side of the building, revealing structural deficiencies that prompted the city to issue an order to vacate the building. The city followed up with a lawsuit in 2018, seeking to have the vacant building declared a public nuisance.

On May 20 of this year San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Robert Waters signed a Final Judgement Subject to Stipulation, in which the city and BBS Adventures, owners of the building, agreed to a 90-day timeline for the owner to fix the building. On Aug. 18 Waters signed a Minute Order, declaring that the work had not been completed.

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Tell your City Council members that you want the building to remain. It's safe and secure and is a valuable piece of Tracy's Railroad history!


See TracyDeservesBetter.org for details about the real story of this building and property.


There are many details not known by the public and that the City Council have ignored. Unfortunately, this historic property may be razed because of it. While safe, the Council has continued to ignore work completed and been led astray by bitter City staff. Get the whole story at TracyDeservesBetter.org - It is not too late to write and call your Council Members and Mayor. Save this historic property. Tracy does not need another defunct lot vacant in the downtown core.

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