Thursday, June 5, 2014

There is a line of thinking in distressed municipalities that goes something like this: "Old, vacant buildings are unsafe and hazardous, thus they should be demolished."

Vacant buildings do not need to be demolished. They can be stabilized and moth-balled, which is cheaper than demolition in many cases. It also preserves the architecture and historic character of our communities, until these buildings can be re-purposed.

The Beltzhoover House would be a prime candidate for stabilization and moth-balling, but demolition may be pursued instead.

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