Mountain View Voice

Opinion - August 6, 2010

Charlie Larson, Sylvan Avenue

Find true cost to salvage building

I have followed your articles on the Day Worker Center and the controversies surrounding rebuilding the dilapidated shell. But never once have you printed a detailed article explaining why a decision was made to salvage the decaying shack. I personally walked through making notes, including the nesting bins for hen "egg-layers" in the back. (Did you know what those small wooden compartments were for?)

An excellent feature would be in-depth interviews with the decision makers. Please include cost details on the three lowest bids for demolishing the crumbling eye-sore and replacing it with an inexpensive prefab-type modern industrial building. How much money did they presume they would save?

Keep tabs because the true cost will escalate as more problems are discovered in attempting to comply with code regulations.

When the present overhaul is eventually completed, it will be a momnument to the most expensive, most dilapidated building in Mountain View.

Paul W. Werner, Palo Alto

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