There are some people working on the buildings who are new to the project and have never seen the buildings in their dilapidated glory. It’s hard to convey exactly how messed up these buildings were a year ago. I try using words like “uninhabitable” and “blighted,” but it really doesn’t do the job.
I decided to post some before/after pics to show the extreme transformation these buildings have gone through.
We have stairs! Well, the beginning of stairs. Now we don’t have to use a ladder to get from floor to floor — much easier.
We also now have concrete floors poured in the basements of both buildings. The basement of 206 used to have a dirt floor, now it will be usable space for storage. The basement of 204 will be the future YIKES conference room, kitchen and a bathroom.
I stopped by the buildings today to find real sub-floors being built.
I have to admit it made me feel, oddly, emotional. These buildings have been neglected for so many years. I recently learned they were drug houses in 2004 where you could rent a room for $25/week. It had to take decades of abuse and neglect to get the buildings to the state they were in when we bought them. And now, with floors starting to be framed out, we are changing their trajectory from decay to repair.
I know I have completely anthropomorphized these buildings, but I feel like they needed someone to recognize their potential, love them and bring them back to life. I am just amazed being able to walk on solid floor where there used to be giant holes from water damage.