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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Got $600,000?

Okay. I have to say, right off the bat, that I'm a little sad.

What I can say is that I had a very nice, very genuine conversation with the owner's wife. They are all sad to see it go. They have a sentimental attachment to this building and my heart really goes out to them for having to struggle with it for so long.
The only way that I can personally save The Red Rose is if I can raise $600,000 or find an investor to buy it.
The owners have had bids on the property. If it doesn't sell soon, they will accept a bid. 
They have no interest in The Red Rose any further than that.
I still hold out a small amount of hope that someone will take an interest and buy the building before a Walgreens makes the highest bid and it is torn down - like in some late century romance novel.
That's just the kind of person I am.

For now that's all I have.


Monday, March 21, 2011

We Can Save The Rose

I'm optimistic! There is a chance to save it.
The Building and Codes Inspector is giving the owners until the end of the week to file an appeal with the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals! I wrote a letter to one of the owners. He lives in Murfreesboro. The other owner lives in New York. I'm going to send her a letter as well.
...both letters have been place in my mailbox.
So the next step, for now, is to wait. If I can get a response from either of them, I'll consider that a foot in the door. I know there have been a lot of people reading and following along with my blogs - thanks to analytics.
Now is the time to get active. I need you to step up and volunteer.
When either of the owners call me, I'm going to need some actual numbers to give them. I need to be able to say, "Yes, sir, I have [insert number] volunteers ready to get started!"
Either comment on this blog or e-mail me directly at lizkzook@hotmail.com to volunteer. Or even just to say you'd be interested when the time comes.
I'll need all sorts of different people to help. I'll need people willing to clean, people willing to go around with me to get supplies donated. I'll need people just willing to help me spread the word.
I need your help now!
Let's save The Red Rose!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In Response to The Post

There has been, yet another, article on The Red Rose Dairies. Link here: http://www.murfreesboropost.com/losing-pieces-of-the-past-cms-26462 If you don't want to read it, I can spell out the underlying tone of the article. Basically, there is no hope. Sure, they use words like "optimistic", but what they are optimistic for is that something better will replace the building that is being torn down.
The major issue they have with the Rose, is parking. Are they kidding? That is a big building with a big lot. If they would incorporate the back end of the lot with the soda shop on the corner, they could easily have enough parking. That building is large enough to hold so much. I'm sure there is a way to take all of the separate parts of the building and join them to one main focus. Hell, even if they did keep the different parts of the building separate, they could add a walk-around from the back to the front. People just have to be creative and utilize the space they have. It could easily work.
This doesn't look like "A lost cause" to me. It looks like a chance for renovations and new beginnings for an old building that should get a little more respect for it's architecture alone.

Stop shuffling your feet and get on board!
In my previous blog about The Rose I listed all of the improvements that need to be made to bring it up to code. I need volunteers and I need people ready to stand to prevent The Rose from being demolished. It's easy to read an article or a blog post and say that you care. But I need people willing to pull up their boot straps and do something. We are in Tennessee after all!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Red Rose Update

On my husband's way home from work he did me a great favor and stopped by the City of Murfreesboro Building and Codes Department. There he got me copies of the Property Maintenance Inspection Report for The Red Rose Creamery Building.
There is a lot of work to be done. It's actually overwhelming, the work that needs to be done. However, it can actually be done. There is no reason why The Rose can't be fixed.
I will list a few of the things that need to be done:

  • secure building as soon as possible (opening in brick wall not secure)
  • remove all building debris, trash, glass, and refuse
  • exhaust vents were removed in auto body shop and roof was not patched
  • remove all graffiti. prep and coat as needed
  • remove/repair lintel/header at former auto body repair shop
  • repair/replace all decayed/deteriorated mortar using a tuck point procedure - exterior and foundation walls
  • masonry wall: repair, prep and coat areas damaged by graffiti - exterior walls
  • repair/replace all deteriorated soffit, fascia, roof decking and roofing. prep and coat/cover as needed. repair/replace gutter system or remove all gutters and downspouts
  • obtain proper permits and repair signs to good condition
  • repair/replace decayed and deteriorated, loose and missing treads, handrails, and guardrails. prep and coat as needed. repair concrete flooring and seal to prevent additional pop-outs and de-lamination.
  • chimney does not meet minimum standards
  • repair/replace windows and doors to weather-tight and operable condition. prep and coat to prevent continual deterioration.
  • submit inspection report from a tennessee licensed engineer addressing the structural members including temporary shoring, roof framing, columns. make all repairs as required in report and submit final inspection report from engineer approving all repairs.
I know it sounds like a lot of work. And it would be. But a lot of it can be done without any fuss if we get the right kind of people to volunteer. Handymen or anyone willing to put on some gloves and get their hands dirty. I bet we could even get some local hardware stores to donate supplies. Then all we would need is an engineer and an electrician. I know I sound like it's really easy to just pick out an engineer and say, "you. do this." I know it's not. But if we could get that far, it would just be one more step. 

In the reports were copies of the letters sent to the owners of The Rose. I now have their contact information. I will be sending both of them a letter that expresses my interest in helping to keep The Rose alive. It would be a lot more powerful if I already had names of people that wanted to volunteer.

Hopefully, the owners will be glad. Hopefully, they will want to fight for something that is important to the community as a whole.  If not, we will all have to say goodbye.

And really, I don't even know if it's possible, because the improvements were supposed to be made by March 1st. I have contacted the building inspector and asked him if the date could be extended. I'll write more when I get a response. But what if the owners could get an extension? What if we could find the volunteers? If it is possible, though, if you could actually do something about it, wouldn't you want to? Wouldn't you want to stand up together with your community and other people that care about The Rose and do something?

Who is with me? Comment below and let me know what you think!


For more up-to-date information on the Red Rose: http://lizkzook.blogspot.com/2011/05/are-you-sure.html