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.
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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.