Deterioration of the historic downtown Albany Theater has led city officials to consider demolition of the building. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher)
Albany Theater Possible Demolition
Historic Downtown Albany Theater | Planning Director Paul Forgey told the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority (ADICA) at its board meeting Tuesday evening that, in all likelihood, the historic downtown Albany Theater will be demolished. During a meeting held at the Flint River Quarium, Forgey said that the deterioration of the historic theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, makes demolition all but inevitable. (more…)
Historic Paterson Armory Demolition
An excavator pulled down parts of the historic building in small chunks, bricks crashing down to the ground. A crew member wet down the debris to tamp down any asbestos particles.
A huge piece of Paterson’s history came crashing down on Friday, as a demolition crew began razing the 120-year-old armory, days after a devastating fire ended any hope of reviving the historic structure. Danny Kramer, who stopped by during the demolition late Friday morning, remembers working as an usher at the Paterson Armory during the 1960s and witnessing an obscure moment in rock and-roll history. (more…)
Brandon Elementary School Demolition
It’s just another sign of change for the east Florence area that will transition from neighborhood to construction site in the coming months as crews prepare the 25 acres for construction of a 280-bed hospital to replace Eliza Coffee Memorial. It was announced in 2012 that Regional Care Hospital Partners the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company that owns ECM Hospital wanted to purchase property in the area bordered by Veterans Drive, Helton Drive, Central Avenue and Enterprise Street for a new, regional medical center. (more…)
The council unanimously approved a condo project for the site last month, and they regularly unanimously approve development projects based on the preference of the areas city council member SVV (Save Valley Village) says that practice is illegal, and flouts state laws that ban trading votes and require decisions to be made publicly, says the LA Times. (more…)
Millard Fillmore Hospital Demolition
In the moments leading up to the implosion of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital (Buffalo, NY), some of the nearly thousand or so spectators packed into a public viewing pen on Delaware Avenue near West Delavan erupted into spontaneous song: the Buffalo Bills trademark Shout! Trombetto, who has been in nursing for 33 years, left her overnight shift at Catholic Health System a few minutes early for a goodbye toast to The Millard with nursing colleagues Jackie Gallagher, Patty Frank and an old bottle of Great Western champagne. (more…)
Coast Guard Demolition and Building Plan
This Coast Guard building along Little Harbor Road in Woods Hole dates back to 1917.
The Coast Guard is proposing to raze a 98-year-old building at its Woods Hole facility and build a new home for its aid-to-navigation and patrol boat teams, but the $7.75 million project is raising questions about construction, history and community character among residents. Along with the 5,700-square-foot building that is tagged for demolition, plans are to bring down a 1,400-square-foot prefabricated steel supply building and to remove a 1,100-square-foot modular administration building from Coast Guard Station Woods Holes grounds along Little Harbor Road, according to the agency. (more…)
Historic Ridgeway School Demolition
Ridgeway Public School, one of the oldest school buildings in Niagara, is being demolished to make room for a new school which will replace it next year.
Work began to demolish the school last week and will continue through the fall and into upcoming school year, so a set of four portables has been set up at Bertie Public School to accommodate students who would have otherwise been at Ridgeway Public in September. Originally, Ridgeway Public School wasn’t designated for demolition at all because a location for the new school was selected on Rebstock Road, but after an aggressive lobbying effort from residents of that neighborhood and several private meetings during the previous term of council, the original plan was scrapped and councilors chose instead to select the current Ridgeway Public site as the location for the new school. The new school will replace all three of the town’s west end schools, Ridgeway Public, Bertie Public and Crystal Beach Public schools. Ontarios Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, stopped by Ridgeway Public School herself back in February to announce the demolition and construction plans, and after touring the school, she said the building was well past its best before date.
Demolition of 123-year-old building
Above: Washington Avenue in 1960 and today. 1207 Washington is the center building.
A 123-year-old building on Washington Avenue will likely be demolished to expand Bobby and Steve’s Auto World, after receiving sign off from a city panel. The gas station chain is free to seek wrecking permits after no one stepped forward to appeal the August 11 decision of the city’s heritage preservation commission allowing demolition. The commission’s vote contradicted city staff, who had recommended that the property be protected and studied for possible historic designation. The demolition of 1207 Washington and some other structures will allow for easier access to gas pumps, as well as a widening of the narrow back alley to 12th Avenue. It is unclear if they will proceed with the demolition prior to city approval of the overall plans. Company co-owner Steve Williams said Tuesday that he will discuss it with his builder. “If tearing down expedites the process then we will. If tearing down later does not slow the overall project then we will wait.” In approving the demolition application, the heritage preservation commission found that the 1207 Washington building had lost most of its integrity due to in part to alterations – though it also sustained fire damage.
Demolition & Reconstruction of St. Petersburgs Pier
A crew from Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., Clearwater, begins to demolish the St. Petersburg Pier on Tuesday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
The work marked the beginning of the two-month demolition of the inverted pyramid, which opened in 1973, as well as the start of its $46 million redevelopment as Pier Park. By February, the Pier approach and the Pier head, the area that surrounds the inverted pyramid, will be taken out. In 2010, council members voted for demolition and to build a new Pier, but thousands of petition signers had other ideas. Besides facing a delay, the city has spent about $4 million of its $50 million Pier budget. Of the $46 million that remains, money for construction is set at $33 million. The debris was trucked to demolition contractor Sonny Glasbrenners recycling facility in Clearwater to be sorted and recycled, said Tom Gibson, the citys director of engineering. Kristin Brett, hired by the city to help market the Pier project, said the event will provide an opportunity for people to say goodbye.
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Demolition of The Peace Tower
More than 150,000 people come to the International Peace Garden each year, with music and sports camps also attracting thousands of students from 40 states and Canadian provinces. The Peace Tower, a 120-foot concrete monument built to mark the International Peace Gardens 50th anniversary, is falling apart after connecting Canada and the U.S. for more than 30 years. (more…)