The Los Rios Community College District gained an education site and the city of Rancho Cordova lost an eyesore today as the dilapidated First Value Inn was dismantled, piece by piece, with an excavator.
Area residents, including some who brought lawn chairs to watch the show, were tickled to see the motel go.
"They have had so many fires from the transients, it's good to have it brought down," said Dennis Smith, a lifelong resident of Rancho Cordova.
The motel site will serve as a parking lot to the planned Rancho Cordova Center, a satellite campus to Folsom Lake College.
Development is to start in January; and the first enrollments are planned for fall 2015.
At capacity, Rancho Cordova Center will accommodate up to 2,000 students, about double the number currently enrolled at the temporary Rancho Cordova Center at Rockingham Drive near Mather Field Road.
Tuesday's tear-down coincided with the city's celebration this week of its 10-year anniversary.
"This is our birthday gift from the Los Rios Community College District," said Mayor Linda Budge. The cheers erupted when she added, "Let's thank them."
The demolition also marked another step in the city's long-running effort to rid Folsom Boulevard of blight.
The crumbling motel has been a magnet for squatters and home to frequent fires for years.
PHOTO CREDIT: A demolition crew razes an abandoned motel building in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. A Rancho Cordova eyesore, the dilapidated First Value Inn, fell under the city's wrecking ball on Tuesday morning, one of four structures to be demolished to make way for a satellite campus of the Los Rios Community College District. Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee.