There's something in all of us, I think, that enjoys watching a building being demolished.
A landmark building is being demolished not far from where I live. People visiting me always remark about the demolition in progress. It's going to be in progress, perhaps, for perhaps three months more (including cleanup of all the debris and the land replanted in grass.)
It seems I've blogged so many times about Air Force Plant 59, built during World War II, whose last tenant, BAE Systems, left in advance of raising flood waters on September 8, 2011. The building had stood, vacant, ever since.
As my neighborhood walked the trail of recovery, this building stood patiently, as a disaster recovery tried to salvage it. After almost two months of effort, it was decided (in November of 2011) that it was not salvageable.
It took so long for this distinguished building, once the largest wood framed building in the United States (some 600,000 square feet), to meet its fate.
Finally, demolition began 1625 days after the flood.
|Goodbye to what was once executive parking, I believe|
Then, on June 23, we saw part of the building collapsing into itself in controlled demolition. I haven't witnessed this demolition personally, since I work during the hours when this demolition takes place. But, perhaps it surprises me that so many people love to watch a building being demolished. Almost everyone you see walking along Main Street, where this building is, stops to stare.
There are some videos on You Tube. One (not this one) even has such dramatic music it's - well, it's an experience.
|Taken on July 4 - no demolition due to the holiday|
|Fields of Debris|
Over 1,300 people worked here (they've moved a few miles down the road, but BAE only committed to five years - and, later this year, that time will expire.)
And, no one knows for sure what will replace the old Air Force Plant 59. The future of this plot of land may well be the future of any neighborhood that floods. There is technology out there - green roofs, parking lot materials that allow water to penetrate and not collect. This land can be used. We can co exist with flooding.
One plan is for a solar power plant. Another plan is for multi use, and that is what I am hoping for. Imagine if they even included plans for senior living. Buildings can be built to co exist with flooding. People are already trying to figure out how to co exist with hurricanes, and that is not a problem where I live.
We MUST learn to live with floods. With climate change, we have no choice. But it's almost like we've lost our will to try anything new.
As with everything else in New York State, it seems, nothing moves fast. The town still hasn't made a decision.
Five years of no decision.
In the meantime, the demolition continues. It should be all completed by-fall.
Have you ever watched a building be destroyed?
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