Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wisdom Bridge roof collapse

This news from Joe Moore's e-mail last night:

The roof of the building that once housed the Wisdom Bridge Theater at 1559-61 W. Howard collapsed this afternoon (Wednesday). Part of the front facade also collapsed, sending debris onto the front sidewalk. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

An emergency demolition crew is on the scene, and the entire building should be demolished by tomorrow (Thursday). The building has been vacant and in foreclosure, and the City recently obtained an emergency court order to demolish the building after experts determined it was no longer safe. The demolition was scheduled to take place in the next two to three weeks.

As you might recall, developer Richard Aronson has proposed a 7-story mixed-use building for the Wisdom Bridge site and the property immediately to the east. Several community meetings were held, and I announced earlier this week my support for the development proposal. Mr. Aronson reached an agreement with the bank foreclosing on the property to purchase the property after the foreclosure is completed. When the purchase takes place, the city will be reimbursed for the cost of the demolition.

2 comments:

Fargo said...

I have to wonder if the proposed building will actually be constructed in this location, or if we'll end up with another vacant lot. Remember the Lerner building? The Adelphi Theater? The former school on Chase? Stay tuned....

MiyokoC_Rachal奕玲 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。.........................