Fate of buildings unknown
Q: I was just wondering what is happening to the (State Theater) on E Street in Marysville. I heard that it was for sale and has been purchased by someone outside the area. Is it going to become a community play theater?
A: The answer to that question might require a seance, according to Gary Price, the city's community development coordinator.
That doesn't mean the owners are deceased, but they do live out of town and couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Their representative, James Norris of San Jose, did not return calls.
Price said the owners turned down the city's offer of $100,000 to fix the facade. The city would at least like to make it appear presentable, he said.
“The strategic plan calls for making it attractive so it at least looks like it's being used,” said Price.
See the following for an update on Marysville's other abandoned movie theater, the Tower.
Q: I recently returned to Marysville after being away for some time. On the marquee of the old Tower Theater are the words “Killing Graham.” I find this very obscene each time I pass by. Why would the town allow this to be put up, especially in this time of war?
A: We know one thing - there's no movie playing there called “Killing Graham.” And very little chance that any movies will ever be shown there again.
A Chico man, Gage Chrysler, is renovating the building for a new occupant, a Yuba City-based counseling group called Family Intervention & Community Support. City officials hope the agency will be bring as many as 50 jobs and some activity to the less-than-bustling corner of First and D streets.
Chrysler did not return a call. We're guessing the sign about the unfortunate Graham is a private joke.
Q: What is going on with the brick building behind what is now the Wood Butcher restaurant in Marysville? I heard a while back that it was going to be converted to shopping and restaurants. But, like too many other brick buildings in Marysville, it sits vacant and deteriorating.
A: That would be the historic Wicks-Werley House, a former hotel that certainly has seen better days but may get new life as a 16-unit, affordable apartment building, said Price.
The city has OK'd the project and even offered Community Development Block Grants totaling about $640,000 to the out-of-town owner and developer, Jason Allen, who plans a project costing about $1.3 million.
The city is working on extending its offer for a third time, said Price.
“We're doing our best. He's moving very slowly on it,” said Price.
Allen did not return a call.
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