- Jul 15, 2006
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The building was found structurally unsound. I think somewhere in this thread's many pages that as mentioned or maybe it was in the Somerville Development Thread or both. But Googling again, I am still able to find this article that mentions it and this one on preservation (but I have to say, it's a lot harder now than a few years ago).Apparently the GLX needed the room.
I'm thinking that at least the front face of the building could have been left in place and incorporated into a new building. The structural integrity of the building was gone, yes, but new framing and basically a new building behind the original facade would have worked, I'm guessing. Of course an engineering assessment would determine the feasibility.And that's why it was so frustrating that it was tore down. It was owned by the city. Generally everyone involved expressed they wanted to see the building renovated, maybe when set it up to be used by GLX in someway.
But despite "everyone" is in agreement, that the city owns the building so "we" can do what we want, and no visible opposition - apparently we just kept "agreeing" with each other until the building decayed the the point that it can't be saved.
I don’t think so. The Inner Belt Carhouse is the name given the new, wired, multi-LRT capacity (gray/green colored?) vehicle maintenance facility or the greater “place of overnighting”Transit History calls it a carhouse as a historical parallel, and inner belt after the highway era name.
Good find! That makes more sense to me now - the human scale / non-industrial design aesthetic - given that people will walking near it, and another residential building will abut it.Looks like it's this -- Parcel A pump station.
Great shots, as always, kz. It is worth noting that this former Lechmere incline was built absolutely fortress-like. It took them roughly a month and a half to demo it, pounding away at it pretty much daily. Would have lasted many hundreds more years if left alone, probably. Incredible.June 27th
And 10 days later..... July 7th
Good looking alternative. Slat sides are way better than exposed steel boxes on slabs. One page brief. State-wide rule.Looks like it's this -- Parcel A pump station.