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‘Great Wall’ demolition begins

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webmaster | 11/26/13

A crumbling brick wall described by Coarsegold residents as a dangerous eyesore has finally met its match as Monday brought the beginning stages of work to tear down the structure and replace it with a restored, natural hillside.

Dubbed “The Great Wall of Coarsegold,” the massive three-tiered wall has been the target of local residents for years and Tom Wheeler, the Madera County Supervisor responsible for the area, said it had been his mission since his 2006 election to eliminate it.

“After years of lawsuits, court orders, and delays, I am very pleased to say that this eyesore and safety concern will finally be removed,” Wheeler said.

The owners of 2T’s Mini Storage in Coarsegold — which has a 7,000 square-foot building atop the massive structure — had been in legal fights over the wall for years and traded blame with various entities for its shambled state. In 2006, Casey and Carolyn Root, owners of nearby Wild Pete’s Publishing, filed a lawsuit alleging that the wall encroached on their property, the Sierra Star newspaper reported...


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