Comment 68802

By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted August 31, 2011 at 18:02:02 in reply to Comment 68729

I can believe that it needs a new roof after 20 years but the new building will need one too. So the only difference is the cost for removal of the old one. I find it hard to believe that the cost of removing the old roof is the same as demolishing the entire store and building a new one. Why not just add on to the existing store? Why always build single story expansive stores? I would love to see them build up a story or two. The WalMart at Square One is 2 story. There is a rolling ramp that will take you and your cart up and down, easy. The cost savings of building a 2 story store with half the footprint more than pay for the escalators and rolling ramps.

Some or even most of the material may or may not be used in one way or another. However melting all that steel and then reforming it into new material requires resources too. On top of that there are losses. 100 tons of scrap metal does not make 100 tons of new steel.

How old is the old Federal Building on Main that is presently being partly demolished? A lot older than 20 years. Everyone gets their panties in a knot because it is being torn down. The only exceptional thing about the building is the art work. It generated lots of angst and posts. To demolish a 20 year old building that is functioning almost perfectly (perhaps needing a new roof)and replacing it with a new one mere steps away seems to me to be a much bigger sin.

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