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Many of Saint John’s heritage buildings have sandstone exteriors. Some sandstones can be superb building materials, but many do not like water…not a good general characteristic for an exterior cladding stone! You may have observed some uptown sandstone building have the tendency to peel like the layers of an onion due to the presence of moisture.
I stumbled on an overview of a restoration project of the Flood Building in San Francisco, California. The Flood Building is one of San Francisco’s great landmark structures. The work shown HERE illustrates that tackling a project like this is not an easy undertaking. “In many locations we were forced to remove large areas of unsound material to prepare the facade for patching. We kept track of the material removed and counted about 90 tons of rotten stone removed in 5 gallon buckets.” Can you imagine? … not to mention that finding trades people qualified to perform this work in our area would be very challenging.
It is sad to see our beautiful buildings in disrepair. This really gives me a greater appreciation for what it would take to restore them but also gives me hope that it is possible!
JULY 2014 – If you spend any time in uptown Saint John you will surely have come upon the construction on the Duke to Princess block of Prince William Street. I found it an inconvenience at first but quickly adapted my driving habits to avoid that block and I haven’t noticed that the traffic is any heavier on the alternate routes.
This is a significant undertaking by the city and involves some underground infrastructure which I’m sure is needed but what everyone is waiting to see is what the final product looks like above ground. According to the City of Saint John website and artist rendering found there:
“It also includes converting the overhead utilities to underground and full street reconstruction including new roadway granular material, concrete sidewalk, brick paver median, trees, granite curbing, decorative street lighting, and asphalt.”
My commercial real estate clients on that block are anxious to see the dust settle and hope that the short term pain translates into more tenants for vacant space and more investors for property owners looking to sell. The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2014.
For more info on the project click here