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Praetorian Memos

Praetorian Memos

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June22,2O12HonorableMalorandMembers f theCityCouncilDemolitionofthe PraetorianBuildingOn June18,2fr12,heMap/sOffice eceivedletterfromnterimExecutiveirector,CarolRoark ofPreservationallas,oon@minghedemolitionf thePraetorianBuildingocated t1607MainSfreet.Attactedsthe conespondenceentbyThelesaO'Donnell,irec{or f $ustainableevelopmentndConstructionndAssistantChiefDebraCarlinof DallasFire-Rescue,o theadjacentropertywneronApril18,2012.Pleasenotethatas of today,herehas notbeenan applicationoran explosivespermit.Pleaseeelfreeo contactme at 214-670-9296fyouneedadditionalnformation.
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June18,2012Re: mpfoslonaadlorusc otexdottveslo dernollshlhe ProetorionSuildingDeorMcyorRowlings,DollosCityCouncilmembers.DollosCityMonoger,ondAssistontCity Monogen:PreservationDollos s concernedobout theprobobleimplosionond/or useofexplosivesodemolish he ProetorionBuildingof 1607Moin Sireet.Weore notseekingopreventthedemo$tionof theProeiorionortheotherlow-risebuildingsin the cenier ofthe NotionolDownlownHlstodcDistrict.PreservotionDolloshopesthotthedeveloperwillutilize he spoceto construct buildingshoihove ostrongpositivempoct ontheredevelopmentofthecentrolbusinesdistrict.However, fthePrsetorionBuildings obedemolished.os oppeorsqlmostcertoin sfthispoini.weosk heCttyofDollos o requirehot the buitding bedismontledn the troditionol,op-downdeconstruction methodouilined intheCity'sdemolilionordinonce.Thereore three significonteosonsweopposeimplosionortheuseof explosivesto demolishhe ProetodonBuilding:rdomcgetoneorby historicbuildings severolsignificoniondmorkbuildings,portof the locolStoneStreet HistoricDistdct,relocotedonly40 o 80 feet fromthesite;t isone of the most congestedintheCentrolBusinesDisilictn termsoftheproximityofneorbyhistoricbuildingsrpotentiollyhozordousdust, ncluding eod,thot willsettle overthe city'scenter-ourCenlrol BusinesDistrictsno longer on 8 to5qreq*peoplefive ondwork downtownon o2417bosb.tlrc econornicimpoct of shuttingdowntheoreooroundthe building-not onlyorthe implosion utforthesustoined leonupneededloter-willcost mony businessesnd employees ostevenueondwogesOur nvesligotionntotheuseof implosionosomeons ofdemolitionn othermcjorcities ells ushot mosi, ncludingChicogo.LosAngeles,Woshington,D.C.NewYorkondPhilsdelphio,bonneddemolitionbyimplosion n iheir downtownoreosenormoreyeorsogo.Dollosneedsodothesome.Weoskhot the Cityof Dollosorbid the implosionof the Proetodonond consideropermenentbon.Sincerely.
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April18,2012Mr.GrsgZieglerMacDonaldavin1201ElmStraetDallas,Texas7527ASentviae-mail:ziegler@macdonalddevin.comRe: Demolition f Praetorian uildingElearMr.Zegler:Wehave receivedyourlstter conceming hedamolitionof tha PraetodanBuildlngfocated t1607MainStrcet.OnAugust29,2411theCity eceivedn appllcalionorthEdemolitonof this buildlngalongwithdemolifonappllcationsor 1600ElmStraetand1604Elm Steet,The damolitionermitswercssuedandtheworks ongoirg.Atthistime, he majority fconstruc{icnctivi$s occuningat1600Elm Streetasisnearingcompletion.Weanticipateonstruction orkon1604obegin n June.Discusslons lththepropotyownersandcontnactorsndicate hat1604 Elm will be dismantled singconventional emolitionpthods.The interiordemolitlonon 1607Main Street hasalreadybegunand theasbestosabatement illbe compleled yhe andof themonth.Theremaininghellof the bulldingcannotbetakendownuntil hedemolition t1604Elm s completed.The demolitionor1607 Mainwillbecompleted singwo methods.heeast sidewill be dismantlEd ndthewest side wlll be implded intothe eaetsidepitThe estimatedcompletionsapproximately months fterwo* begins.We understandandappraoiateouroncemsforthe safety ofpedestriansn theimmediate reaofStonePlace.Bothhe Bulldingnspactornd he Fire nspector avebeeno thesitesevaral imes.Wehavespokenatlengthwith hedemolitionontractorand understandheplanof woik.Thiscontractors workingdiligentlyo ensure hesafetyoftheprojectand hesite sin fullcompliance ith all ragulations ndpermltstlhis ime.Givenhat he mplosions notplannedntilata summer,hepermitsorthemplosionhavanotyetbeen submitted. However,hs contrador willbe requiredoobiainexplosiveermitsromheFireDepartmentorthisphaseoftheproiect.Pleaseeeheattachedmemo romheCi$'sFireMarshal ranaxplanationf thatprocess.Wa willalso cbselycoordinatewithstate agencies o ensureairqualitystandardsaremalntained.
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apparantly the city doesnt ban demolition by explosion in downtown like many other cities do. Does the city of Dallas have an ordinance covering proper safety procedures for this process in a major urban environment? Also seems Mr. Ryan is misleading the city officials by stating they havent applied for a permit when the owner, assistant manager, and fire marshall all state that is the intention

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