Oasis Board decides on purchase of Rusty's Clubhouse
October 18, 2013, The Herald, Last night the Board of directors of the Oasis Senior Center made their plans known to the community. The board has agreed to buy the closed Rusty's Clubhouse on Woodlawn Road for $385,000. The estimate of remodel is $250,000.
The former building that was consumed by fire on June 20, 2013, has been sold to MMIL Holdings LLC Series III of which Lincoln Entrepreneur, David Lanterman is a member. The amount of that sale is unspecified. Oasis director Dom Dalpoas noted that with the sale of the old building, tear down costs of $100,000 or more have been saved. Plus the liability of the building in its current condition is now no longer on the Oasis.
The board's records show an insurance check in the amount of $750,000 for the structure has been received and although the amount appears to be enough to handle the initial purchase, and remodel, the remodel estimate is a huge open number right now. “You never know what you find or get into when you remodel your home. It will be the same at Rusty's. There might be all kinds of things we have to fix.” Dalpoas said.
The Oasis Fire Group ( a part of the board of whole) had prepared for the board a list of pros and cons regarding Rusty's. On the Pro side was 10,000 square feet of interior, far more than needed, there is 77, 000 square feet of parking, a traffic light at the corner, a full kitchen with walk-in coolers and freezer, handicapped accessible bathrooms and the potential for zoning the heating and cooling of areas for better energy efficiency. There is city water and sewer and part of the land could be sold.
On the Con side of the ledger, the building is 15 years old, has the remodeling cost estimated at $250,000, an annual $3,000 annual parking lot maintenance estimate, estimated $2,000 month utilities and the need for additional maintenance staff to maintain the large building and grounds.
The reports showed other locations that were looked at included the Avery and Comstock Building, The Bartlemay Building,.California Bar and Grill, Chad's Blind and the Harris Hodnett Building. In those cases, lack of parking or too small an interior space ruled them out of the selection process.
The Fire Group considered the option of building new but a 9,000 square foot Morton Building without a finished parking lot would have come in at just over $1 Million dollars. A steel building with a 30 car lot had a price tag of $945,000.
The Fire group also said in their report that estimates to bring the old building back to occupancy were over $1 Million and that still left the Oasis with a 100 year old building with minimal street parking for patrons.