Historic 16th and U building under repair
Repairs are under way at a historic Midtown building whose front end caved in after being rammed by a truck last May.
The 81-year-old brick building at 16th and U streets had long been vacant when an Icee truck and an SUV collided and ran up onto the sidewalk May 19. The front end of the 2,889-square-foot building had been covered by a modern glass-and-stucco storefront facade for years.
Standing on busy 16th Street, the building held a prominent role in the Richmond Grove neighborhood for decades. The structure was built in 1929 as an early Safeway grocery store. That was followed by a hardware store, cigar shop, Chinese grocery and massage parlor. The building had been vacant before and after serving as Mayor Kevin Johnson’s mayoral campaign headquarters in 2008.
Immediately following the accident, a city crew made the building safe by collapsing damaged parts of the roof and structure and stabilizing remaining walls of the unreinforced masonry building. The building was owned by Stratton Investments of Reno at the time of the accident, according to Dave Herrera, a commercial real estate broker with Colliers International Sacramento.
Off and on repairs have been made for about two months, according to a neighbor.