March 15, 2019 3:55 a.m.
Members of the City of Roseburg Historic Resource Review Commission will weigh-in on a proposal to demolish the former Safeway Building on Southeast Rose in downtown, at a meeting next week.
Community Development Director Stuart Cowie told News Radio 1240 KQEN that while the City issued a demolition permit for the building several months ago, due to the building’s status, the HRRC must also review the demolition proposal. Cowie said i.e. Engineering was hired to complete the work, and he believed asbestos removal is underway this week.
A Public Hearing at the Commission’s March 20th meeting will give the opportunity for citizen input as well. The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room.
The Safeway building was constructed in 1963 on the site of the former Central Junior High School. That school was destroyed in the Roseburg Blast of 1959. The structure is listed as non-historic, non-contributing to the Roseburg Downtown National Register District. The building has been vacant since the Safeway on Northeast Stephens was remodeled between 1999 and 2000, according to the City.
Cowie said he hoped that once the asbestos is gone, the building could be used for fire and police training and demolished shortly after that was concluded.
Following the action of the HRRC, the matter will go back to the council.