|Meeting Flier for January 10th on the State Hospital|
But on the other hand, things have not yet proceeded so far that course-corrections are not possible. So each meeting still has "opportunity," even if that opportunity seems more slender than folks might like.
By now you will have heard of the plan to renovate Yaquina Hall for some affordable housing. The City is purchasing it and plans to create 50 1-bedroom apartments ranging from 420 - 650 SF in size. The latest published budget for this has a total cost of about $9.8 million and $195,000 per unit.
|Yaquina Hall, 1946 - to be affordable housing|
|245 Court, December 2016 - via CB|Two|
What I want to focus on here is not the detail about exact per square foot costs or quality of finishes or anything. I just want a crude order-of-magnitude comparison.
And what you see is that the cost to rehab Yaquina Hall is not all that different from the cost of new construction.
If we assume that Yaquina Hall was in significantly better shape than the other buildings on the North Campus, especially with regard to things like asbestos remediation and other legitimate environmental safety things, it is far from obvious that saving those other buildings was ever going to yield meaningful savings. The opposite, in fact, seems more likely, that trying to rehab most or all of those buildings was going to be a debilitating money pit.
Reusing all those buildings sounds like a great and thrifty idea, but given the abatement and mitigation work that would be required, new construction is not obviously more expensive.
That's a sad conclusion, but the most reasonable one given public information at the moment.
|Dome Building in the fall - still to be saved|
At the Lansing-NESCA meeting, there should also probably be more talk about how the development here fits with city and regional priorities and values, and is not only a small, local neighborhood matter.
|Community Priorities Survey|
part of the Strategic Planning Process
|Site Plan concept for 3350 Portland Road|
180 units of affordable housing
(and lots of parking)
- "Design, not Density, Should be Debate"
- "North Campus and le Corbusier's Radiant City Retreat from Sidewalk"
- "No Ornamental Emptiness"