Ocryx and Joe take another look at Old City Hall
by KevinFreitas on 2/9/2011 @ 7:09am
|In past weeks I'd seen guys with hard hats going in and out of there. Hopefully that means something has been going on. Marty, can you chime in on behalf of the City or follow-up for us?|
by boearc on 2/9/2011 @ 8:14am
|I unofficially understand that about 85% of the water damage and 'hot' asbestos/lead has been abated (basially they have followed the damage down from roof and are working towards the basement). They have set-up a whole hazmat system of enclosures - white suits the whole thing (i.e. scene from ET). Expectations are that within the month the water damage remediation will be complete. Looking to get an 'official' update on the status at an upcoming City Council Study Session along with options for creating a PDA. In the meantime, what would be a good use for Old City Hall once it is again ready for redevelopment?|
by NineInchNachos on 2/9/2011 @ 8:27am
|Thanks Council Person Boe!|
by The Jinxmedic on 2/9/2011 @ 8:38am
|See, draw a cartoon, get answers. It's the way of western civilization.|
(Hint to the property owners- a sign placed outside the building explaining the restoration progress would do wonders in building community good will.)
Future uses? I say have the city petition NWT Mint to move in. That would be a start.
Also offer other mixed office/retail/residential space as a model for sustainable historic redevelopment. This has worked in other cities- a small restaurant, speciality retail, and offices on street level, more office space (including small "closet" offices) on next several floors, and mixed residential (apartments, artists lofts, and condominiums) on upper levels. Such mixed use would lower any individual market risk factor, and would help to keep a long term healthy use of the building sustainable.
Hmmm... ...perhaps, a street level curiosity shop with mummies and suasage grinders would be good to draw in McMenanmins traffic.
by Erik on 2/9/2011 @ 9:12am
|Yeah, they have been a ton of workers in there and even drying fans.
Now they need someone to add some life to it before it turns into another surface level parking lot.
by inbloodyrise on 2/9/2011 @ 1:08pm
by Dave_L on 2/9/2011 @ 4:35pm
|...what would be a good use for Old City Hall...|
If they could make it into something I could look at and tell what time it is, that would be way-cool.
It would also be a good place to station the town trumpeter
'Course we could bring back the air-raid siren. (Wasn't that where it was located?)
by Erik on 2/9/2011 @ 5:31pm
|Someone please fix Tacoma's city clock! It is pathetic that Tacoma's clock is perpetually stuck at 3:16.|
by fredo on 2/9/2011 @ 5:52pm
|Clock tower repair tutorial:
by jenyum on 2/9/2011 @ 6:18pm
|Locally owned clock repair shops:
Somebody would have to finance the enterprise and set it up with the building owner, but I bet it can be done.
by fredo on 2/9/2011 @ 6:53pm
|Just put four of Marilyn Stricklands digital billboards up there to cover up the clock faces and be happy.|
by NineInchNachos on 2/9/2011 @ 9:51pm
|heh. digital clocks.|
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/9/2011 @ 10:51pm
|Given the activity at the Spanish Steps you'd think the clock was stuck at 4:20.|
by Dave_L on 2/11/2011 @ 3:16pm
|QUICK, LOOK! It has the correct time!|
by The Jinxmedic on 2/11/2011 @ 4:15pm
|Aww... ...missed it. I'll try again in eleven hours or so.|
by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2011 @ 3:49pm
|Whatever happened with the foreclosure auction? Anything?|
by NineInchNachos on 1/20/2012 @ 10:24am
by The Jinxmedic on 1/20/2012 @ 10:49am
|This comic is almost a year old. Has anyone seen ANY progress? Hello? Beuller?|
by NineInchNachos on 1/20/2012 @ 10:50am
|progress report! tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.c...|
by The Jinxmedic on 1/20/2012 @ 11:07am
|So basically, a reply of "That's all part of our rennovation plans" - and nothing.|
by NineInchNachos on 1/20/2012 @ 11:23am
|well they could start getting 100 dollar fines for broken windows!|