Sunday, February 19, 2017

Opinion: What to do with Park Street School

I am a senior citizen that has been accused many a time of not being the sharpest knife in the drawer or not having both oars in the water. So be it! The subject of what to do with Park Street School has bothered me for quite some time.


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Looking towards reuse of Park Street School
Local environmental activist Kelly Stetttner was left suitably impressed by her recent guided tour through Park Street School.

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Capturing Memories Of Park Street School (2008)
I arranged a visit right after the school year ended, and was told I could roam the hallways and classrooms at my leisure.

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18 comments :

  1. David S. : Great letter, I agree 100%.

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  2. Make it the new rec-center/Senior center. More parking!

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    1. Wondering what it would cost to remove all of the interior walls in the older portion, replace support walls with columns and create a huge event/exhibition/dance hall/concert venue for the town and go after convention business. Save the newer part that has the gym and and the auditorium for community events.

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  3. D Shuffleburg.....best ideas so far....you are making way too much sense...the powers that be in this town will never go for it.

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  4. just close it and sell,gonna cost to much money to bring it up to code

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    1. Like what;
      OK electrical, re do that.
      Lead Paint yup remove that.
      Sprinkler system, fix it.
      Asbestos, Leave that as long as it is enclosed.
      What leave that ?? OK Please tell me the name of anyone who spent time there that became ill because of oh my God Asbestos.
      Co ed bathrooms, yup change the signs on the door.
      Bricks may not be up to code too, replace em all.
      Person with the code book, show em the door.
      Pothole in the parking lot with the frog in it, get the state involved.

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    2. Yesirree, there is a huge private market for this type of building, why I expect that developers will just be lining up in droves begging for a chance to redevelop it.

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    3. be sides bringing it up to code,it needs a new heating system,new windows,will need to have a sprinkler system put in,would need a bunch of plumbing work

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  5. Because like everything else downtown- there is no parking!

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    1. Nonsense, there is plenty of parking at Park Street.

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  6. Interesting that the libs that love to vote for all the regulations are the first to whine when those same regulations get in the way of one of their pipe dreams. All this effort should be put into bull dozing the space, designing and building an efficient space for the purposes mentioned earlier. Start saving your nickels and dimes.

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    1. Trying to remember what libs were pushing arcane fire and safety rules and regulations....nope, cannot think of any.

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  7. This building would be an amazing community center, music venue and more if this building was move in ready. The sticking point is the amount of money it would take to update and maintain this building. I am pretty sure taxpayers would just love to foot the bill to make this a community center. Private investors who charge steep rent is the only way this building will be saved.

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    1. Ah yes, the famous "private investors" have been so kind to Springfield.

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  8. chuck gregory2/21/17, 11:42 AM

    It cost $34 million to upgrade Elm Hill school (roughly the cost of 6 hours of the Iraq war). I once asked a member of the Springfield Players about having them move to Park Street, and I was told the stage is too "shallow." Presumably that meant no room to have all the room needed behind the scrim. Without addressing its deficits in energy consumption, to continue to use it would be almost suicidal financially for the next owner.

    So, it looks like an all-in or all-out choice-- either spend the bucks for a total makeover or demolish it.

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    1. Didn't some of the committees recommend that it be done in phases? New part first, old part later?

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  9. Save it because it is also a "Fall Out" shelter.
    Just imagine being "holed" up with some of Springfields finest.

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  10. C'mon people this is Springfield its an abandon property tear it down that's what we do.

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