CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — County officials have ordered the demolition of dilapidated dome-like structures in Casa Grande that have attracted attention over the years, including being featured on a television show called “Ghost Adventures.”
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors affirmed Wednesday a hearing officer’s findings that the structures known as the Casa Grande Domes are a safety hazard and must be demolished.
Dan Peer, the manager of Simplicity Communications and the domes, appealed to the supervisors to allow the domes to stand and said the onus to show the domes are unsafe was on the county. Peer asked the county to hire a structural engineer to determine whether the concrete structures were a danger, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/2yyhB8z ).
“No real evidence has been supplied regarding the lack of safety or lack of strength,” Peer said, adding that the only evidence supplied has been photographs of the domes.
Peer said that the county was bullying him because the buildings are safe and should be left for the “owner’s use and enjoyment.”
Supervisors rejected that idea, with Todd House, R-Apache Junction, asking what the domes were used for and noting that Peer didn’t have a valid certificate of occupancy for the domes. Peer said he primarily used the buildings for movie props. But he added that if the domes were repaired they might have other value.
“Do you plan to put them back together?” House asked.
Peer said he wasn’t inclined to repair them or paint them, saying his clients preferred the “rugged look” the domes offer.
Pinal County condemned the property in April, citing safety concerns.
Peer was not given a time frame at Wednesday’s meeting for when the domes had to be demolished.
Information from: Casa Grande Dispatch.