The alley between the Electra Store and the what has become known as the Anciso building remains blocked with large iron supports after nearly two years.
It's a situation which continues to plague the city and frustrate neighbors in the area along South Sixth Street. It's a situation which hasn't changed much since city engineers discovered in April 2002 the heavy brick walls were sagging out toward the alley.
"Are those supports really doing anything besides blocking the alley," asked one downtown merchant. It's a valid question and one that city officials can only say "yes" too.
"It's a very complicated issue," admits Interim Sunnyside City Manager Mark Kunkler, who has worked on various resolutions for the dangerously tilting building for more than two years.
It's an issue that doesn't appear to be any closer to a resolution than eight months ago, when building lien holder, Bob Hall, turned the situation over to the city to have the building demolished.
But said Kunkler, the city doesn't want to spent taxpayers' dollars to tear the building down.
"What we are proposing is that our engineers stabilize the building until the property owners can remedy the situation," Kunkler said.
What is of bigger concern to the city is the reopening of the alley between the old Anciso building and businesses located on the south side of the alley, he said.
Kunkler said the situation appears to be further complicated by the issue of who is responsible for the building. The building is owned by the late Estella Anciso and her son Roy Anciso, Kunkler explained, but noting that as the deed holder, Hall has given his permission to have the building removed.
Kunkler said at this point the city is working with the Hall's attorney, Steve Winfree, regarding the city's alternative plan to removing the building.
"We are proposing the stabilization plan as a possible solution but we would prefer the repairs be completed by with private money," Kunkler said.
"As yet, we haven't received a response to our suggestion," he said.
"If that isn't acceptable we'll keep looking for other solutions," Kunkler said.
Julia Hart/Daily Sun News
The alley between the so-called Anciso building and the Electra Store remains blocked after two years, with no sign it will be opened anytime soon.