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