Santa Rosa is spending $340,000 to buy a former liquor store perched above a local creek at one of the city’s busiest intersections.

The City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of the vacant GD Liquor and Food building at the intersection of Farmer’s Lane and Fourth Street.

The building at 2810 Fourth St. is adjacent to the Farmer’s Lane bridge over Santa Rosa Creek, and sits on a large rock outcropping that was once the site of a pumping plant for the city’s water system. Demolishing the building, a decision that hasn’t yet been made, could allow for future widening of the four-lane bridge.

It could also be removed to provide greater public access to Santa Rosa Creek, city officials said.

City staff members have also noted that the building, which has been vacant for more than a year, has been frequently attracting vagrants.

Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees

Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.

The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.

There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.