The building at 239 G St. was a source of interest for locals on their cell phone cameras Friday when crews used a demolition excavator to crush, chomp and wreck their way to a job well done.
Workers accompanied the wrecking with a water hose to aid the process.
The demolition of the 110-year-old, one-story building of no historical note — and no earthquake safety — will make way for a two-story, window-filled office and retail space. The office space will be on the second story and the retail on ground level.
The 2,475-square-foot former building — which housed Tibet Nepal, as well as a jewelry store, Razor’s Edge Barber Shop and a nail salon — will become a 4,974-square-foot finished space by January. All the stores have found other locations in town to set up shop, helped by the property owner.
“Because three sides will be frontage, there will be a lot of glass,” said the East Bay-based property owner and former Davisite Anthony Reubner in June. His family has owned the building, at least in part, for 40 years. He is now the sole owner, after buying out the others and finally getting to reconfigure the space as an infill project.
Because the building was so old, a remodel wouldn’t work, he said — state and local building codes required a total demolition of the space.