|The demo of this historic structure on Mohawk is less than 50 feet from the proposed dedicated Central parkway dedicated bike lane project|
The IRONY of this sad situation is, I actually looked at that building and the one east of it to buy and redevelop as first floor retail for our design firm and antiques business. In fact I was ready to put a great deal of effort in Brewery District. The building was not 'too far gone' when I looked at it. The problem was not in the actual monies it would take to do the work to rebuild the roof structure and replace the floor jousts on parts of the upper floors. The problem was, that I could not justify the additional cost of legal fees and hundreds of hours of wading though city red tape and roadblocks. Those cost would have added so much time and money to the final project costs that it didn't make economic sense. It also points to why we are so behind other cities in terms of downtown redevelopment.
We are on an unsustainable path of Blight=Bulldozer and until people realize that we are destined to be a second, or third rate city and we are a national laughing stock in Preservation circles, its not going to change. There are some people in OTR that need to stop patting themselves on the back, roll up their sleeves, and start fighting for Preservation. They need to stop listening to certain city councilmen who whisper sweet nothings in their ear about how great they are , and how great OTR is and WAKE UP. The council has the ability in their application for HUD monies and other funds to change how monies are spent and allocated and until you start making their life uncomfortable, it is far easier to appease the demolition contractors who will contribute to their re-election campaigns.
|While by no means Preservation, the saving of these historic iron front facades in Louisville, at least preserved historic street view integrity|
|Even in small town America, people seem to care more about their buildings than we do, This historic façade in Tustin CA was saved after a fire and new conduction will be behind it. Here we would just bulldoze it.|
For those of you who are now suitably outraged by the demo of the Mohawk Building, guess what? Its not the only one coming down in Brewery District. the bike lane is supposed to spur redevelopment , will there be anything to redevelop or "connect" with?