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Ferndale City Council to hear about state of city’s ‘Pizza Annex’

The former restaurant building on Main Street known as the “Pizza Annex,” owned by the city of Ferndale, as seen Thursday Feb. 11, 2016. The City Council is deciding what to do with the building.
The former restaurant building on Main Street known as the “Pizza Annex,” owned by the city of Ferndale, as seen Thursday Feb. 11, 2016. The City Council is deciding what to do with the building. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Years after the city bought a former restaurant on Main Street as part of the effort to create a new library, the City Council will decide what to do with the 2,400-square-foot building.

The council will hear from architect David King during a study session Tuesday, Feb. 16.

He was hired to give the former eatery at 2113 Main St. a once over, “all the way from the basement to the roof,” Ferndale City Administrator Greg Young said.

The next steps will depend “on how the council feels about what the architect has to say about the viability of the building, and what we would get out of it versus what we would put in monetarily,” Young said.

“Is it worth saving? Can it be renovated? Should it be renovated?” he said of what the City Council will learn.

The building is referred to as the “Pizza Annex.” Built in 1980, it is next to City Hall.

Ferndale officials bought the building and the half-acre it sits on in 2008 for $480,000 as the city amassed land for a new library, which opened in 2014 in a new building at 2125 Main St. across from the annex.

There also was talk of putting the police station in the annex.

The station actually went into another renovated space on Main Street, near Legoe Avenue.

Ferndale officials also had discussed using the annex for municipal court offices and as a larger meeting space for council meetings. It has instead been used to store city records.

“There are some mold issues. There’s some rot issues,” Young said, adding that King “will give us an idea whether these are more cosmetic and can be fixed or whether there are deeper and more structural problems.”

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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