Some historic buildings coming down in San Benito

June 28, 2011 4:36:10 AM PDT
A hurricane-damaged former police station and city jail in a South Texas city will be demolished for safety reasons. San Benito Mayor Joe Hernandez says it's about time that the buildings came down.

City commissioners recently reviewed the project to demolish the structures, along with the city's first airport hangar and sewer holding tanks from the 1920s.

Hurricane Dolly damaged the old police station's roof in July 2008. The Valley Morning Star reported late Monday that Assistant City Manager Chuck Jalomo says it probably would cost more to clean up the moldy building than to rebuild. The structure has been closed for more than a decade.

Tootie Madden with the San Benito Historical Society says a series of renovations stripped the old police station of much of its historical significance.

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