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    Posted: Jan 28 2013 at 6:29pm
It looks like demo is about to resume.
Fencing is going up.
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Noticed today the impound lot has been vacated.
CIS is in the process of abating asbestos.
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The old impound lot fence is down & they are starting to move in equipment.
 
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409, Thanks for the pictures!!!
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Glad to see this hazardous, eyesore being removed. Now, we can expect to see more green space in the downtown area for the creation of a shuttle service to CS OR a Park and Ride for Smith Park as people park their cars in the lot and take the bus less than a quarter mile up the road to Smith. This extra parking lot will help when the hot air balloon fests are going on and will eleviate parking issues when the "millions" (Morts last count) of people invade Smith. Good to see the downtown area becoming wide-open with the city's "Open Range" gameplan. In time, one will be able to drive down there and gaze upon acres of grazing land and literally be able to look across town, view unobstructed.
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I am glad to see that get tore down as well, let's keep the tearing down of eyesores up. How about tearing down the dated 1970's City Building next Wink.
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Oh, KTF, don't give our city manager any ideas. She would jump on that in a heart beat. Ofcourse she gets the corner office.
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NO NO  We cannot tear down the city building now that we have the school district renting the fourth floor for $5000 a month. That should get us out of the red. Maybe that could be put toward the fancy lights on S. Main. Better yet maybe any left over office space could be converted into Section 8 apartments. 
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Well, we might as well get the money any way we can. I'm not sure tha "HUD money" thing is going to work out so well.
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        Looking West                                                                                                       Looking East
 
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WOW Great pictures 409!!
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Originally posted by ktf1179 ktf1179 wrote:

I am glad to see that get tore down as well, let's keep the tearing down of eyesores up. How about tearing down the dated 1970's City Building next Wink.
Eyesore? 

The City Building you mention was designed by noted Chicago architect Harry Weese.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Weese

You might not like it, but it is a good example of 20th century modernism.
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Originally posted by swohio75 swohio75 wrote:


Originally posted by ktf1179 ktf1179 wrote:

I am glad to see that get tore down as well, let's keep the tearing down of eyesores up. How about tearing down the dated 1970's City Building next Wink.

Eyesore? 

The City Building you mention was designed by noted Chicago architect Harry Weese.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Weese

You might not like it, but it is a good example of 20th century modernism.


I believe ktf was joking by the icon posted. The city building is, by Middletown standards, a nice looking building and is reasonably pleasant to look at. The only thing wrong with the city building is the inhabitants.
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Hey, that fancy executive office enclosure in the lower right photo looks kinda upscale doesn't it? Real wood or Sauter fiberboard?
Gotta salvage that for Mike P's home office.   
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Leaving it as green space could “work well” as an extension to Smith Park, Gilleland said.

“As long as a historic building is not involved, I love to see new green space spouting all over town,” she said.

God forbid something happens to a "Historical Building."Sick and tired of hearing Historical,green space and South Main Street Snobs wish all of them would just crawl back into their caves and leave us normal folks alone. 

Be a good overflow parking lot for when Smith Park has something going on there.Move on to other pressing issues.Oh I forgot who I was talking to,are "SPINELESS ONES."LOL

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What continues to hold Middletown back is the mentality of someone that could view anything here is "historical".  There are no national monuments here last time I checked. 
 
With the serious economic challenges this town and its inhabitants face for years to come, you think we would be a little more worried about preparing for our future instead of worrying about a past that matters to very few.
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Today's Journal....

MIDDLETOWN REVITALIZATION

Possibilities open up for downtown Middletown without the Orman building

MIDDLETOWN —
A changed landscape means new possiblities for downtown redevelopment now that one of Middletown’s most well-known eyesores is being torn down, city officials and local businesses say

“It will be a hollow hole, an empty space. It will take a little while to get used to it not being there,” said Ron Cole, owner of CRC Automotive. “I hate to see old stuff go, but it’s time for it to come down.”

Driving up on the site post-deconstruction would probably be like when people first drove past where the downtown garage stood after its demolition, said City Manager Judy Gilleland.

“It will look very fresh and open instead of old and dilapidated,” she said

Leaving it as green space could “work well” as an extension to Smith Park, Gilleland said.

HMM, BELIEVE SOMEONE ELSE SUGGESTED THAT TOO JUDITH.

“As long as a historic building is not involved, I love to see new green space spouting all over town,” she said.



JUDITH MUST REALLY MEAN THIS AS SHE HAS JUST ABOUT DEMOLISHED THE WHOLE DOWNTOWN AREA. KINDA LOOKIN' LIKE THE SET FROM MAD MAX....A PROVERBIAL BARREN WASTELAND. HECK, WE'VE GOT "GREEN SPACE" GALORE DOWN THERE NOW. MORE WIDE OPEN SPACES THAN BUILDINGS. YESSIR, THIS DOWNTOWN AREA IS GONNA BE ONE SPIFFY GEM IN TOWN WHEN SHE'S DONE WITH IT. LOTS OF PARKING, LOTS OF GRASS, LOTS OF PLACES FOR "POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT". SHE'S GOOD AT TEARING DOWN. JUST NOT SO GOOD AT BUILDING UP OR OCCUPANCY OF EXISTING.
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Originally posted by VietVet VietVet wrote:

Hey, that fancy executive office enclosure in the lower right photo looks kinda upscale doesn't it? Real wood or Sauter fiberboard?
Gotta salvage that for Mike P's home office.   
Gee, thanks for the kind offer, Vet, but those walls have glass windows in them.  I am not allowed to have glass, or any sharp objects, in my padded cell...oops...I mean office, without constant supervision!!! LOL LOL LOL
“Mulligan said he ... doesn’t believe they necessarily make the return on investment necessary to keep funding them.” …The Middletown Journal, January 30, 2012
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Originally posted by swohio75 swohio75 wrote:

Eyesore? 
The City Building you mention was designed by noted Chicago architect Harry Weese.
 
Relax, SWO!!! It was an easy mistake.  City Hall might've been designed by Harry Weese, but inside it is a "HAIRY BEAST" that is eating up all of our money!!! LOL LOL LOL
“Mulligan said he ... doesn’t believe they necessarily make the return on investment necessary to keep funding them.” …The Middletown Journal, January 30, 2012
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