Del Mar approves removal of run-down buildings on Shores property

By Claire Harlin

The five attached dilapidated mobile buildings that once housed the Del Mar Union School District administrative offices will be removed — along with the termites they’ve been harboring — from the Del Mar Shores property next week.

The effort, for which the Del Mar City Council on March 18 appropriated $20,000, follows requests by the neighboring Winston School, which will be on spring break during the removal, slated to begin on March 25.

Hidden Valley Backhoe and Trucking, Inc. gave the city an estimate of $15,000 for the demolition and recycling of the building, as well as necessary sewer line capping, backfilling, patching and repairing on the site. The city added $5,000 to the approved project budget to cover unforeseen site conditions or additional needs.

The city purchased the property in 2008 for use as a park, and has deemed the structure unusable and inconsistent with the goals for that land. The creation of a master plan for the Shores property is on the city’s to-do list, as conflicts between dog owners and Little League teams wishing to use the park have arisen over the past year, in addition to declined plans for a Del Mar Foundation donor recognition installation there.