Tucson Oddity: It's been eyesore for years, yet it lives on

2010-06-28T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T11:43:13Z Tucson Oddity: It's been eyesore for years, yet it lives onAndrea Rivera Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 28, 2010 12:00 am  • 

A dilapidated building's run as an eyesore at the northeast corner of East Broadway and North Craycroft Road could be coming to an end.

The building was at one time a tire shop, but it has been vacant for about 20 years and is in a state of disrepair, said the property's broker, Nancy McClure.

McClure, a first vice president with CB Richard Ellis, has fielded calls through the years from members of the public about their desire to see the building razed, she said.

"I think it's terrible that ugly building is sitting there," she said.

The city's Planning and Development Services Department agrees that the corner could do without the decaying building.

McClure and the owners of the property, who also own the former Mervyns building at the same corner, met with the department at one time to ask about tearing down the building, but an agreement couldn't be reached.

The city wants to resume talks on demolishing the building, said Craig Gross, deputy director of the Planning and Development Services Department.

"I'm going to work with Nancy in the very near future to work on getting the building demolished," Gross said.

He recognizes that the building is an attractive target for graffiti.

He intends to meet with McClure this week to put something in writing so she can take the information to her clients, who are from New York City.

Gross said they need to work out future rights for development, including impact fees.

Contact reporter Andrea Rivera at arivera@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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