An apartment building in downtown Modesto known for housing drug dealers and transients is coming down today.
The city is demolishing the eight-unit structure in the 200 block of H Street, which attracted about 200 calls for service to the police department over the past two years. Recently, a toddler was seriously wounded a few doors down in what police say was a gang-related drive-by shooting.
One lane of westbound traffic is blocked on H Street while a demolition crew claws into the building. Works is expected to finish today.
City building inspector Bert Lippert condemned the apartment complex a year ago, and its landlord evicted its tenants by June. Since then, Lippert said the building has gone into foreclosure and the city boarded it up to keep out transients.
The city plans to collect its expenses for the work through a lien on the property. It drew the attention of Modesto’s Beat Health unit, a Police Department group that focuses on problem properties with suspected criminal activity.