Stockton officials on Wednesday shut down nine Miracle Mile businesses over code violations.
The shuttered businesses along the Pacific Avenue block included the Empresso Coffeehouse, the Casa Flores and Centrale restaurants, a Realtor’s office and a beauty salon, the Record newspaper out of Stockton reported.
“It’s hard. It’s a dark day,” said Vito Casciaro, a co-owner of the Empresso Coffeehouse, told Fox40.
Fox40 said other businesses that were ordered to vacate included Balance Physical Therapy and Pilates, Salon Serendipity, Gusty's Wings, Catalyst Real Estate Professionals and Carter Financial Solutions.
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The Record said officials provided documentation that building owner Christopher “Kit” Bennitt had failed to act on a laundry list of repairs since January 2012.
The city, according to KCRA3, cited the following violations:
- Repeated remodeling without permits
- Removing and placing walls that do not meet state-mandated fire safety codes
- Changes to walls creating one-way-in and one-way-out, potentially preventing escape during a fire or other structural failure
- Dangerous, outdated and overloaded electrical wiring, and numerous extension cords run within and between businesses
- Inadequate or nonexistent fire alarm and sprinkler systems
- Numerous other changes made without permits and inspections