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Amtrak vs. crumbling warehouse
Posted by Lithonia Operator on Monday, August 1, 2022 9:56 AM

Amtrak couldn't buy a break! What next?

This situation seems to have no near-term solution. It sounds like the city needs to condemn the building and have a least part of it torn down. And I'm guessing that is far from a quick process. But it seems like there should be some emergency powers that can be drawn upon when there is a threat to public safety.

From what I gather, freight trains do not pass the warehouse. Or maybe with only two crew, it's considered an acceptable risk vs. a passenger train?

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Posted by Gramp on Monday, August 1, 2022 3:22 PM

If I remember right, that warehouse is all concrete. Hasn't been torn down because it's hard to tear down. Like concrete railroad coaling towers. 

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, August 1, 2022 3:31 PM

Gramp
If I remember right, that warehouse is all concrete. Hasn't been torn down because it's hard to tear down. Like concrete railroad coaling towers. 

Unlike remaining railroad coaling tower, the building seems to be tearing itself down.

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Posted by mudchicken on Monday, August 1, 2022 4:31 PM

That is one brutish looking giant concrete box. Current owner is broke or made a terrible decision buying the place?

Calling Godzilla Wrecking Co. !

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Posted by zugmann on Monday, August 1, 2022 4:44 PM

Seems ike every time the city got close to being able to tear it down, it gets sold again, gets new investors/tax shelters, new giant plans(that will never happen) and the process starts again. 

 

 

A little video of the inside with the new owner that had big hopes and dreams.  At the 1:00 mark I beleive are what is left of the rail docks. 

  

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, August 1, 2022 7:07 PM

zugmann
Seems ike every time the city got close to being able to tear it down, it gets sold again, gets new investors/tax shelters, new giant plans(that will never happen) and the process starts again.  

A little video of the inside with the new owner that had big hopes and dreams.  At the 1:00 mark I beleive are what is left of the rail docks. 

Looks like he has more ideas than money!

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Posted by zugmann on Monday, August 1, 2022 7:20 PM

It's like a Simpson's script.  

 

Person buys it with big plans, doesn't pay taxes, sells it to the next person with big plans that doesn't pay taxes, who sells it to the next person with big plans that doesn't pay taxes...

Now the city is trying to foreclose it so they can sell it to (you guessed it) two more parties with big plans (wondering if they'll pay taxes?)

And the current owner being foreclosed upon is now suing for the foreclsoure. Wonder if he'll pay his lawyer? 

 

  

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, August 1, 2022 7:33 PM

zugmann
It's like a Simpson's script.   

Person buys it with big plans, doesn't pay taxes, sells it to the next person with big plans that doesn't pay taxes, who sells it to the next person with big plans that doesn't pay taxes...

Now the city is trying to foreclose it so they can sell it to (you guessed it) two more parties with big plans (wondering if they'll pay taxes?)

And the current owner being foreclosed upon is now suing for the foreclsoure. Wonder if he'll pay his lawyer? 

Should be named 'Lawyers Full Employment' Building.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, August 1, 2022 10:20 PM
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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:20 AM

MidlandMike

OT1H, the slow order should lessen vibration which could trigger something to fall.

OTOH, the slow order increases the time it takes for a train to get past the danger zone ...

I read that work was being done on the building to mitigate the danger. I can't imagine what they did. But it didn't take very long.

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Posted by rdamon on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 12:05 PM
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Posted by mudchicken on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:38 PM

 

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Lithonia Operator

 

 
MidlandMike

 

OT1H, the slow order should lessen vibration which could trigger something to fall.

OTOH, the slow order increases the time it takes for a train to get past the danger zone ...

I read that work was being done on the building to mitigate the danger. I can't imagine what they did. But it didn't take very long.

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:16 AM

Engineering report with pictures.  Haven't had time to digest yet.  Comments?

Albany Central Warehouse Building Final Report 143 Montgomery Street | PDF (scribd.com)

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