Santa Rosa on Tuesday declared the building used by food pantry Friends in Service Here as surplus property, the first step toward selling the aging 2,400-square-foot structure.

The 1930s-era fire station at 1055 Benton St. has been used by the nonprofit group known as FISH rent-free since 1995. The city pays about $4,000 a year in utilities for the building.

Last year, the all-volunteer group distributed more than 580,000 pounds of food to nearly 64,000 people in 16,000 households.

But the city has determined that it would take upward of $350,000 to make various repairs, including upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city hopes to have the building vacant by the end of the year. The last appraisal for the property was conducted in 2009 and valued the property at $480,000.

The city has given the group several extensions to find a new home. FISH officials say they are actively looking for one, but they have yet to find a suitable location.

Victims identified in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino fires

Sonoma County:

Karen Aycock, 56, Santa Rosa

Christina Hanson, 27, Santa Rosa

Linda Tunis, 69, Santa Rosa

Carol Collins-Swasey, 76, Santa Rosa

Lynne Anderson Powell, 72, Santa Rosa

Arthur Tasman Grant, 95, Santa Rosa

Suiko Grant, 75, Santa Rosa

Donna Mae Halbur, 80, Larkfield

Leroy Peter Halbur, 80, Larkfield

Valerie Lynn Evans, 75, Santa Rosa

Carmen Caldentey Berriz, 75, Apple Valley (vacationing in Santa Rosa)

Michael John Dornbach, 57, rural Calistoga

Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67, Santa Rosa

Carmen Colleen McReynolds, 82, Santa Rosa

Sharon Rae Robinson, 79, Santa Rosa

Mike Grabow, 40, Santa Rosa

Daniel Martin Southard, 71, Santa Rosa

Lee Chadwick Roger, 72, Glen Ellen

Mendocino County:

Roy Howard Bowman, 87, Redwood Valley

Irma Elsie Bowman, 88, Redwood Valley

Kai Logan Shepherd, 14, Redwood Valley

Napa County:

George Chaney, 89, Napa

Edward Stone, 79, Napa

Charles Rippey, 100, Napa

Sara Rippey, 98, Napa

Sally Lewis, 90, Napa

Teresa Santos, 50, Napa

Garrett Paiz, 38, Missouri