Saturday, 18 May 2024

Clearlake grassroots redevelopment project back on track for Saturday

CLEARLAKE – A facelift project for a Clearlake building is back on after having been canceled last week.

The volunteer redevelopment project on the vacant city-owned building at the corner of Lakeshore and Olympic is going to take place this Saturday, June 5, after having been previously scheduled and then canceled as a result of city negotiations with a renter, as Lake County News has reported.

Participants are asked to gather at 8 a.m. Saturday at the site.

This week, the event organizer, Clearlake businesswoman Jeri Spittler, received a letter from City Administrator Dale Neiman informing her that she could paint the building on the former Austin Resort property if she wished.

Spittler said the project is intended to transform the structurally sound but neglected structure from an eyesore into an income-producing asset.

However, Neiman said the building doesn't comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and there are serious code deficiencies in the building that would be “cost prohibitive” to fix.

Paint, caulk, tape and other materials have all been donated by local businesses, and some tools will be available for the building's facelift, Spittler said.

Workers are asked to wear sturdy work clothes, shoes and gloves, and to bring their own tools (rakes, shovels, hammers, scrapers, paint brushes) if they have them.

To comply with city insurance requirements, volunteers must sign up with City Clerk Melissa Swanson, 707-994-8201, Extension 106, and City Public Works Director Doug Herren must manage the work.

Free cold water and a barbecue lunch will be provided to all participants.

Event fliers are available at Girlfriends, 14510 Lakeshore, and other locations throughout Clearlake, and may be downloaded at

For more information call Tony at 707-295-6534 or Jeri at 707-295-6533.

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