Let's not go too far

Staff writer
February 28, 2014 01:00 AM


Re: Janyk makes case for saving a beach building (Coast Reporter, Feb. 14).

Whoa, Barry! I know your heart is in the right place, but let's not go too far along that road.

For the sake of argument, let's decide to repair the present building to meet its intended use.

First we remove materials and equipment, which are either damaged or beyond repair or do not meet current codes, and replace with new materials and equipment. Then we have to redesign the interior to suit intended use. Wow - the building we intend to save has almost gone already. Then, of course, we have to walk the tortuous course required to have it declared a heritage building.

Here's an idea. Have a competition among architects to propose a replacement building that closely, but not altogether, meets its heritage intent. If not, go somewhere to provide a massive line of credit to somehow "repair the existing building." Think of Williamsburg, Virginia - exact copies of 18th century built in the 20th century.

Bernard McGrath


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