Historic downtown Yuma building to receive 2.8 million dollar improvements

YUMA, Ariz. – 197 Main Street has housed a variety of establishments. Deputy County Engineer Craig Sellers showed reporter Holly Sweet photos from 1916 when it may have been used as a mercantile shop.

“It’s been used as a department store. It’s been used as a charter school, martial arts studio, for arts and crafts sells, restaurants,” Sellers said.

Soon the downtown Yuma facility will receive its newest purpose. Tuesday, The Yuma County Board of Supervisors approved plans to remodel it. Yuma County’s recorder, elections, and treasurer departments will all be moving in. Right now, elections is inside the county administrative building across the street. The recorder and treasurer are located in the adult probation center about 2 blocks away.

“We’re trying to make it to where people have better access to the services, where people can come in and feel welcome,” Sellers added.

Sellers said if enough money is left over from the 2.8 million dollar budget, the county assessor will relocate to the facility as well. First, much needed renovations must take place.

“It’s an old building,” Sellers explained. “It was built in the early 1900’s, and because of that, the quality of the air conditioning, mechanical equipment, electrical all needs to be replaced.”

The project’s 2.8 million dollar budget is coming from the Yuma County General Fund, which in part is made up of county tax dollars. Part of the construction entails revamping the exterior. Sellers says it will receive new stucco and paint to improve its curb appeal.

“We’re trying to match a similar look that’s currently there for the building on the outside.”

Sellers expects the move to be completed by spring of 2016.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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