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I’m sure someone will buy the lot and build a newer, greener building. I mean people are knocking down the door to move to Wellington. Report Reply 3 replies · active 206 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Larry · 206 weeks ago It would be ashamed to see one of the older buildings in Wellington destroyed. History would be taken away from the community. But I guess time goes on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 206 weeks ago This is just sad…sad that we will loose such a grand building but who can afford almost $600,000 for repairs? I hope their insurance will cover their lose. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 206 weeks ago I wonder if there is any chance that the building would qualify as a historical marker and maybe get some money to save it. Just a thought Report Reply 2 replies · active 206 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Come On · 206 weeks ago It is sad that we could lose this building since the structure is so loose. I hope their insurance can cover their loss and they don’t lose it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Forspenceralvie · 206 weeks ago The hell with the building.There is a good man that lost his business that was doing quite well until this happened.Save the building?Spencer is the best barber in town.By far.This destroyed everything he made of it.Absolutely appalling Report Reply 2 replies · active 206 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Eric Lacey · 206 weeks ago If you can get it tore down for 50k-100k you better jump on it,I cant see it getting done for that cheap,heck the backfill alone will cost a pretty penny because I’m sure it has a large basement.I think the earlier numbers that was put out a few weeks ago was way off. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Johnny Cash · 206 weeks ago If possible I would get a second bid on repairs. if it has a basement its going to cost over 100k to demolish. There was a building in Ark City that was demolished lowest bid was 78k and it was smaller was only 2 floors and a basement. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down O. Well · 206 weeks ago Too costly to repair. Destruction costs are probably too high as well. Most economical plan is to simply rope off the area and wait for a good earthquake. Problem solved! Report Reply 1 reply · active 206 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jim · 206 weeks ago I wonder how long it took this building to get like this, and how many times the owners had the ability to maintenance this building properly? It is made of brick, and mortar however it still need maintained. Does anyone know how many owners this has had if it was properly inspected between sales, and if someone knew about these problems prior to renting it out to the last business owners that occupied the space. If they knowingly rented a property that would be deemed uninhabitable I would at least seek some restitution if I was one of the individuals that had to close due to the gross negligence of the property owner. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 8000 square foot building on Lincoln and Washington has been roped off since July.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The City of Wellingtonâ€™s consulting firm Professional Engineering Consultants of Wichita just issued a report that does not bode well for the survival of the building at 107 W. Lincoln.The city office has just received a report this Thursday from PEC stating that in order for the building to be safely stabilized and secured, it would cost either the owner or the city an estimated $529,000.â€œIâ€™m not sure that is something we could afford,â€ said Shane Shields, Wellington City Manager.The demolition of the building will undoubtedly cost less, but Shields would not offer a guesstimate how much such a procedure would cost. Wellington City Inspector Richard Jack said in a previous council meeting that demolition would cost between $50,000 and $100,000.The imperiled building on the northwest corner of Lincoln and Washington has been shut down since July 14. The street at Lincoln between Washington and Jefferson has also been closed down in fear of the building falling. The sidewalks have been also roped off from pedestrians.Shields said he will be taking the report to the Wellington City Council which is scheduled to meet on Sept. 6 for its regular meeting.Jack said last week he and a PEC structural engineer had spent two hours in the building.Earlier in a memo sent to the Wellington City Council, dated Aug. 12, 2016, Jack stated:â€œFrom my last report a few things have occurred, the â€œswimming poolâ€ on the roof is no longer there; unfortunately it is now dispersed throughout the building. Sometime last Friday, a hole developed and emptied water into the entire front half of the building. The secondary roof on the third floor has experienced additional collapse. On the second and first floors, the water caused the plaster ceiling to fail and the drop ceilings on the first floor to come down.â€Jack went on to say part of the roofing diaphragm system that holds the roof decking and roofing material in place had collapsed further, which has allowed rain over the past month to infiltrate into the building.â€œIt seems the roof is being held up due to a hard lid that was installed during the 1999-2000 owner remodel.â€ he wrote in the memo. â€œAs of this writing, the water is pouring in; however the â€˜roofâ€™ is still in place. I cannot determine how much longer this is going be the case. The water no longer pooled on the roof has likely reduced the stress on the sides of the building.â€Janet Spevak, who is listed as the owner of the building, has been unavailable for comment. Jack said the Spevaks are devastated.â€œThis was an absolute surprise to them,â€ he said. â€œThey put all their time and money – everything they had – into making this their home and then this happened.â€The owners self reported the problem in July and told Red Beard Barbershop it could no longer operate. The owner, Spencer Furman, decided to not relocate and open the business. Since then, Jack said the Spevaks have periodically moved their belongings from the premises.Jack has been warning the council that the building could crumble within a month unless there was some kind of temporary fix.Wellington downtown developer Tom McAlister, who once owned the building, but sold it more than 25 years ago said he thought it would take at least $1.52 million to renovate.â€œIâ€™m not going to buy it,â€ he said. â€œI have my hands full with a lot of other projects.â€That includes the former Apple Market building on Harvey and Jefferson which he is renovating for warehouse storage.Jack had said in an earlier Sumner Newscow article that to adequately stabilize the building it would involve putting steel beams into the ground that will have plates attached. The plates would then hold the walls in place for awhile.As far as the street is concerned, it will remain closed until the stabilization or the demolition of the building is completed for safety reasons, Jack said.This has raised the ire of at least one neighboring businessman. Jerry Fike, managerÂ of the Wellington Regent Theater, stated in a Facebook post, it is costing him business.The building is considered to be more than 100 years old, and was completed around 1910. McAlister said the first floor may have been older than that and was used as a shoe business, perhaps clear back in the 1870s.â€œThose were the days when the shoe business was a big business in downtowns,â€ McAlister said. â€œYou should see the floor in there.â€McAlister said the second and third floors were built later. The Wellington Masons eventually used the third floor as a gathering place for secret meetings and rituals. There is no direct access to the third floor except a ladder.The troubling thing about this is the building itself was nice inside having incurred numerous renovations over the past 25 years by the Spevaks and a California couple before them. It was known as the Lincoln Place.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.