Some people love to see demolition. But to me, the demolition of a building in our neighborhood bring me sadness. And, today extra sadness. The last time I wrote about the demolition of this building, a woman who came from this area commented on my post. Last night, I received word that she had passed away on Wednesday evening. I will blog more about her this weekend.
This vacant building and I have become friends, in a way, over the years, ever since it was flooded in September of 2011 due to Tropical Storm Lee. I pass it every day.
Since February, this building, one of the largest wood framed structures in the United States, has been undergoing demolition.
Soon enough, it will all be gone, along with a little dream I once had.
I'd like to share a portion of an email I wrote to a friend in February of 2012 (yes, they were planning this demolition that long ago). At one time, I felt this site may have been a good one for a regional farmers market. But the market was built elsewhere, and opened earlier this summer.
Still, the thought of a farmers market in my neighborhood makes me wistful. I think it could have been built in a way that would have been compatible with being in a flood zone. It would have had good highway access and been right on a major bus line. And, there would have been plenty of parking (unlike the site that was ultimately chosen).
The neighbor I blog about below? Her house was foreclosed on. She had to move.
Yes, that flood had so many repercussions. We in my neighborhood still feel them today.
breaks my heart that this solid 70 year old building has to be torn down.
My neighbor (actually she lives two blocks from me) feels much the
same way. She has lived in my neighborhood all my life and told me the
building was even hit by a tornado once. Must have been before I
moved there in (mid 1980's)
I was thinking - they have plans to
build a regional farmers market at Otsiningo Park, a park which has been
flooded to the point that it must be closed, at least 10-15 times (if not
more) since the 1980's? Where they will build it (near the former rest
stop on I-81) has not flooded but what is the use if no one can get to
it? [note, another site was eventually chosen]
On the other hand, this beautiful brick
building has loading docks, bays for trucks, and is right on a major bus
line and is centrally located close to an exit off U.S. 17. And yes,
it would be blocked off in case of a flood warning but you know what, I
think the portable flood wall across Main Street has gone up four times (including
this last time) since 1987 and held up to the last time. A slightly
better record than Otsiningo Park.
They can demolish the lower part of
the building, the part that really got flooded bad in September (the back
of the building) because they would need more parking than the site has
I'm close to blogging about it, not
that it would change anything. And who knows if it would even be
possible, given that the Air Force owns the building. And maybe it
would just be cheaper to tear it down. But then we'll have a big
vacant hole there for the next trillion years.
It really is too bad.