Ocryx and Joe


Ocryx and Joe take another look at Old City Hall

After promises of repair, Old City Hall is forgotten about once again.
posted Feb 9, 2011
Going, going.....
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Is there anything actually going on here at Old City Hall, or are we too eager to spend vast sums of money on electric cars and $700,000 parking lots? Hello?  Bueller?  Bueller?

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
this

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjWJHEmFfPA

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
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hejna%C5%82_mariac...
'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:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6_6HkumQWo

by jenyum on 2/9/2011 @ 6:18pm
Locally owned clock repair shops:

www.meiershouseofclocks.com/
www.ptdefianceclock.com/
www.merchantcircle.com/business/Vans.Clo...

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
bump!

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!