Historic Building

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Petition to Detroit City Council

Save The Historic Woodstock Apartments

  Join us in urging the Detroit City Council to pass historic designation to preserve the Woodstock Apartments. Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) is preparing to demolish these historic buildings for a surface parking lot. The Woodstock Apartments are located at 475 Peterboro and were built in 1914. The Beaux-Arts style buildings have 80 apartments in the center of Detroit's Cass Corridor. During the 1920s, Peterboro Street was home to 12 similar apartment buildings. Today the Woodstock Apartments are the only two such remaining buildings. Olympia has allowed the the buildings to sit vacant since purchasing them in 2015. The Detroit Free Press recently reported that ODM took out a construction loan that lists 475 Peterboro as a future surface parking lot. 475 Peterboro is among five parcels that are listed under “LCA Surface Lot 7." The Free Press acquired this information from the Wayne County Treasurer. In 2015, Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) publicly committed to the rehab of 15 historic buildings throughout the arena district as part of their campaign for permission from the Detroit Historic Districts Commission to demolish the historic Park Avenue Hotel to make way for the new hockey arena. ODM should honor their public promises to preserve historic buildings throughout the district. ODM has yet to redevelop any historic buildings in the district, and has demolished several additional buildings for surface parking lots. It should be noted that ODM received hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding for Little Caesars Arena on the premise that it would catalyze redevelopment of the surrounding area — not generate additional surface parking lots. Despite being the owner of the new arena, the city derives no direct revenue of any kind from the arena. The area adjacent to the Woodstock has seen considerable economic activity in the last few years. Buildings that were considered too far gone have been completely restored such as the Cass Plaza and The Davenport. Many others are being renovated right now, including the once-collapsed Scott Mansion and Standard Accident Insurance Co. Building. New restaurants and retailers have opened just across the street and on the same block. This beaux-arts building is in good shape and could be restored with relative ease and returned to productive economic life. We urge City Council to take action to protect these buildings and the unique economic opportunities they represent. Detroit's historic architecture is a major catalyst in its economic recovery, if not the single most important factor. These opportunities must not be discarded carelessly. City Council should create a historic designation for the Woodstock and request that the Historic District Advisory Board document and study preserving these 20th-century historic apartment buildings. Please hold Olympia to their promise to maintain the historic character of the Cass Corridor and renovate this and other buildings.

Mark Hall
3,208 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Nathan Deal, Steve Wrigley, Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia

Stop the demolition of Holley Hall and other historic buildings on Albany State

On June 14, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed an Executive Order, commencing the demolition of Joseph W. Holley Fine Arts Hall on Albany State University campus, citing that the building cannot be advantageously used. By demolishing this building and all other buildings on the lower section of this illustrious institution; you're eliminating historic registry from the consciousness of all those who attend this school.  As a current student here at Albany State University, I always found it rather disappointing that I would wander the confines of this campus and instead of looking and seeing Caroline Hall, McIntosh Hall, Blaylock Hall, Davis Hall, Davis Hall Annex, Jeffries Hall, William H. Dennis Student Center and Dining Hall, Malone Infirmary, I see nothing but empty space that once accompanied the legacy of this one campus and distraught at the fact that I’ll never be able to have the opportunity to interact with any of these buildings. That the credibility of this one institution’s history is to be questioned and never within reach of accessory but within the depth of recourse. You see, throughout my experience here in Albany, Georgia, I learned that Albany is not only known as “The Good Life” City but also the “City of Discovery”. There’s a lot of uncovered information and material in this city that leads us closer to learning more about the past of this city so that we can further alleviate progress for the future of this city. Had it not been for my elders who had long service here in this community, I would have always believed that the majority of historic buildings previously described in the first paragraph of this transcript, were all wiped out by the Flood of ’94. A flood that devastated not only the entire region of West Oglethorpe Blvd and the entire apparatus of Radium Springs and beyond, but Albany State University altogether. Since the destruction, the campus administrators have decided to purchase a plot of land upward from the original foundation of the campus and build an entirely different campus on the plot while abandoning the former landscape. Which did absolutely nothing but suppress and exacerbate the situation rather than eliminate and ameliorate the situation. By moving the campus to the plot of land perpendicular to the plot of land that is also flatland; the school is now in direct liability of receiving an increased amount of damage in the event of a future flood occurrence. There is a large section in the middle of the campus that is commonly referred to as the ‘Pedestrian Walkway’ which maximizes the amount of further devastation that incoming floodwaters can have on any newly built campus structure on this campus. Because the floodwater can easily travel through this pathway and destroy the buildings and structures of the foundation upward from the previous foundation of Albany State College. What? The administration must think that there’s an invisible barrier that separates the original foundation from the successive one (Albany State University) and only the original foundation (Albany State College) would be affected in the event of a future flood, right? In conclusion, I would like this petition to inform the diplomatic bureaucracy of the situation at hand in the Southwest Georgia area and override the decision that was made in the Executive Order that calls for the ‘expeditious’ removal and dismissal of Holley Hall as well as further engagements in the supposition of the termination of the aggregate of past events in conjunction to that of Albany State with the implementation of floodwater mitigative structures such as a flood wall or a self – regulating flood barrier to protect and preserve the school as a direct alternative to the demolition that was presupposed and predetermined. These devices operate to secure assets in flood prone areas during the event of a natural disaster such as the Flood of ’94 and will be positioned on the area commonly referred to as the “Cross – County Path” which is in direct alignment to that of the Flint River. The school has been inundated by floods in four instances, 1917, 1925, 1994 and 1998. All of these instances have one interlocking commonality amongst them: lack of mitigative floodwater protocol to help secure and protect the campus from harm, danger and/or excessive liability. I ask you to join me in helping Albany State not only be known as “Unsinkable” but “Untouchable” as well. A Past to Cherish, A Future to Fulfill This is our school motto. How can we cherish a past that isn’t there and how can we fulfill the future without being knowledgeable about the past contributions made by our preceding benefactors? With all of this into account, I thank you so much for your time. Genuinely, Jaylon O’Neal  

Jaylon O'Neal
2,289 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Victoria Woodards, Anders Ibsen, Robert Thoms, Keith Blocker, Catherine Ushka, Chris Beale, Lillian Hunter, Conor McCarthy, Ryan Mello, TPU Board Members

Save Cushman & Adams Substations from developers!

Whereas the historic Cushman and Adams Substations were built by the residents of Tacoma for the benefit of Tacoma residents; and Whereas these buildings of nationally historic significance have been listed on national, state and local registers of historic places and their value recognized as integral to our shared collective history as a community; and Whereas the Tacoma Comprehensive Plan Policy UF-13.28 for this area of Tacoma states that the City should "Encourage the conversion of electrical substations for recreational purposes if the sites are no longer needed for their intended purpose (pg. 2-61)”, Therefore, we the people of Tacoma, request that the Tacoma City Council & TPU Board:  1.   protect the Cushman and Adams Substations from private for-profit development and work to ensure that the buildings and property be retained for public use in perpetuity; 2.   direct staff to conduct a thorough and robust public process to engage residents in planning for the future community use of these publicly-owned assets and the development of a master plan for the entire site; 3.   conduct a study of examples of other cities that have repurposed similar surplus electrical facilities for productive community uses, the means through which such facilities were funded, and to provide the results of such a study to the Council and the residents of Tacoma; 4.   work with community nonprofit organizations toward the goal of repurposing and managing these buildings as public facilities for the benefit of the community.

North End Neighborhood Council / Friends of Cushman Substation
448 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Charles Sousa, Eleanor McMahon, Han Dong, Joe Cressy

Save 401 Richmond

401 Richmond Street West is a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. It is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, social innovators, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops. Now looming property tax increases threaten to price tenants out of this long-time sanctuary for dozens of Toronto's non-profit cultural organizations. "401 Richmond, a beloved downtown hub of non-profit culture organizations in a reclaimed factory, has been hit with a property tax increase that could spell its end." - The Toronto Star The Premier and others in her government need to take action and update provincial tax policy now in order to ensure the preservation of cultural centers like 401 Richmond. The last tax assessment is terrifyingly high -- it's now a matter of great urgency. "This building and its extraordinary roster of tenants was made possible through the generosity and vision of its owners - a rarity in Toronto, and an example the city needs! It must be protected!" - Vera Frenkel In 2012, UrbanSpace, the building’s owner, paid close to $447,000 in property taxes, with its rate increasing steadily to that point at 1 per cent per year. Then in 2013, it jumped to $520,280. By 2016, the bill was within a few hundred dollars of $700,000. Without some kind of intervention, the building’s 2017 tax bill will be $846,210.73. "City council has delivered a clear statement to the province: New provincial tax policy is necessary if we are going to protect and support important buildings like 401 Richmond," - Ward 20 Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy While UrbanSpace has absorbed the worst of the increases, tenants have shared some pain. And with taxes projected to go as high as $1.29 million by 2020.The only way for this address to pay the proposed tax is for the current building to be torn down and a 40-storey tower built to replace it -- action needs to be taken immediately. "Please don't let artists and creators be dispersed and driven out of the heart of the city! A totally sterile urban landscape is not what we need!" - Margaret Atwood Please sign and share this petition if you wish to protect 401 Richmond as well as other cultural and creative centers like it. To go the extra mile you can call and/or write to your MPP and tell them to change the provincial tax rules that inappropriately tax heritage buildings. What to Share on Social Media Link: Hashtag: #save401richmond Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne @SousaCharles @EMcMahonMPP @401Richmond Square Logo: *for Instagram sharing Full Logo: Where to Send Letters Premier Kathleen Wynne Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 (Photo Eduardo Lima, Metro)

Phil Tucker
12,641 supporters