Masonic demo likely Thursday

The Tracy Masonic building has anchored the corner of Fourth and Morgan for 91 years. The adjacent building that last housed Kyleen Olson Photography will also be razed.

By Seth Schmidt

A landmark downtown Tracy building will likely see its last sunset this week.
Lyle Noomen said Monday that he plans to begin razing the 22,000 square-foot building at Third and Morgan streets Thursday.
“I hope to have the building down on Thursday,” he said. Work to begin hauling the debris away would begin on Friday.
Noomen Excavating has been awarded a $54,950 contract by the City of Tracy to demolish the vacant 1926 building, and haul the rubble to a pit at the Tracy yard and garden compost site. The city council gave the Currie contractor an “order to proceed” on June 26.
Part of the contract calls for the demolition of the former KMHL-Radio/VAST Communications building north of the former Masonic Temple.
Noomen said he would likely get that smaller building “out of the way” on Wednesday, before tackling the larger structure Thursday.
The Morgan and Third streets intersection, plus both streets will be blocked off during the Masonic demolition.

For more on this article, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.