The issue for today is tear down or reuse buildings.

@writersedge (22577)
United States
March 9, 2008 10:07pm CST
When should a building be torn down and when should it be reused? There are arguments back and forth all over where I live about various buildings. These are not buildings that are a hazard and must be torn down, these are old buildings that are still sound and could be updated. What would be your criteria for tearing down or reusing a building? I think some probably need to be torn down and some need to be saved, but a logical and consistant standard needs to be devised. What do you think?
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I think it depends on how solid the structure is and if it's worth rehabing and keeping the building in place. The dewlling would have to be inspected in order to make the final decision. I would also think some of the decision would be made by the insurance company who carries the insurance on the building, providing it's insured. Last month there was a pretty nasty house fire on our street. By looking at the house it looked totally destroyed. Now I see there are several trucks fixing the house. The structure itself was still standing but everything inside was lost. The roof was gone and the carport completely destroyed. Guess it was cheaper for the owner to fix up the house vs. moving. Hopefully the stench from the fire won't be overwhelming when complete.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Excellent bunch of considerations. Thanks. Unfortunately, some insurance companies tell you to rehab. I dated a guy, his trailer had a horrible fire. The insurance said they would pay for rehab, not for a new trailer or for tear down and rebuild in places. The smoke smell was so bad that I couldn't visit him any more.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I think that cost should be a consideration unless the building has something historical about it.. Other then that, if it costs more to repair than to tear and build again, then tearing down would be the best thing to do..
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
24 Mar 08
That's one one consideration, thanks.
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