For what seems like the longest time, plans have been made, discussed, adjusted and again organized in regards to “what to do” with the old Royal Valley packing shed building behind City Hall and the Reedley Police Department.

Last week, the community was blessed with the happy sight of excavation crews starting to knock down the north walls of the old building. This followed the lengthy and arduous task of making sure that asbestos would properly be removed and disposed.

Depending on the weather — and you have to love all the recent rain — the process of completely knocking down the structure is three to five weeks. At that time, all the rubble will be taken away and the next task is to smooth out and prepare a good portion of the site for parking. Both police department and city vehicles will use the parking, which will feature covered areas with solar panels. It’s a growing trend in the city – within the past year or two, covered parking with solar panels has been placed at Reedley College and at the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church.

For awhile, it appeared that the old Royal Valley site would be the home of a new and larger Reedley Public Library. But the Friends of Reedley Library received an opportunity to purchase land south of the new Kings Canyon Unified School District headquarters, a move the organization considerable money in having to pay for asbestos removal.

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