Petition to Mayor Erik Larson, Aberdeen City Council, Coates Design Architects
GATEWAY CENTER: SAVE THE SELMERS FACADE
GATEWAY CENTER: SAVE THE SELMERS FACADE We believe our history is worth saving, and progress should not come at its expense. We, the undersigned residents, property owners, business owners and community leaders of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and the greater Grays Harbor area, respectfully request that due consideration be given to preserving the historic brick facade of the old Selmer's building upon the Gateway Center site, and tastefully incorporating it into the design options for the 8+ million dollar Gateway Center construction project. We ask that Coates Design Architects present several design options to the community using the existing historic brick facades of the Selmer's building as part of the new construction, along with design options that do not, so that the public may vote on their preference, and the cost of preserving the historic brick facade can be properly determined. We understand that though we have been told by city officials that preserving the brick facade is "too expensive", no specific bids have been made for the preservation. We believe the cost of such preservation should be accurately determined, before demolishing yet another part of our history that can never be rebuilt. We believe it would be a powerful statement of respect to past generations alongside our belief in economic growth and modern innovation, to create a design that combines both the old facade and new building techniques in our Gateway Center, for a truly unique, iconic building that represents the best of the Harbor Spirit in 2016 and beyond. With Harbor Pride, Roy Vataja - Local Historian, Aberdeen Museum of History Aria Alexandra - ARM Volunteer & Former Board Member Douglass Orr - Owner, Aberdeen Art Center and the Undersigned
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
Petition to Marilyn Strickland, Anders Ibsen, Robert Thoms, Keith Blocker, Marty Campbell, Joe Lonergan, Lauren Walker Lee, 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.
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: http://save401richmond.com Hashtag: #save401richmond Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne @SousaCharles @EMcMahonMPP @401Richmond Square Logo: http://bit.ly/2sUyjPZ *for Instagram sharing Full Logo: http://bit.ly/2sReLv7 Where to Send Letters Premier Kathleen Wynne Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 (Photo Eduardo Lima, Metro)
Petition to City of Fergus Falls City Council, City of Fergus Falls Planning Commission, City of Fergus Falls Board of Variance
Restore and Repurpose our Depot
The former Northern Pacific Depot is an historical treasure and community use asset for the City of Fergus Falls and our surrounding area. We the undersigned fully support the repurposing and redevelopment of our depot and hereby request the City Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning and the City Council to approve the Conditional Use Permit and the Parking Variance as requested by Cascade Street Station.