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Dennis - If your client first sells the historical building and then
demolishes it, your client may be committing a civil tort by damaging the
buyer's property.

As of 2001, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) categorizes
demolition of historical resources as an adverse impact, thus triggering a
CEQA evaluation of the alternatives before the action can be taken. The
costs and time delays associated with CEQA compliance are considerable.
However, as long as your client complies with the California Historical
Building Code, CEQA costs and delays can be minimized.

Fred Turner, Staff Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety
Commission, a public policy advisory agency, Turner(--nospam--at), 1755
Creekside Oaks Dr. #100 Sacramento, CA 95833 Phone: 916-263-5506 Ext. 227 or
916-263-0582 Fax: 916-263-0594

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