The Johnson Deconstruction Company is busy renovating the building that was built in the 1930s. The Dundee Bank will be moving in.
Rick Leeds, with Johnson Deconstruction, said the new occupant will, “utilize a structure that has great sentimental value, great presence in the neighborhood and save a lot of materials on the inside that are old and somewhat valuable.”
Johnson Deconstruction will also take apart three condemned homes close to the building also purchased by the bank, saving lumber, fixtures and other valuable parts found in the homes. Those parts will be used for other homes and projects.
via Dundee Bank Saves Old Building.
A beautiful 1926 bank vault in Chicago with many of its historic features still intact – including that incredible door – is now known as The Bedford, a local kitchen and bar serving food and cocktails in a signature mix of German and Southern cuisine.
via Holy Beer: 12 Pubs Converted from Churches, Urinals & More | Urbanist.
Mayoral candidate Bill Peduto says a green bank to help developers finance green building costs would take about two weeks to set up.
“All you need is a dedicated person at the URA who works on sustainability issues,” he told me.
That Urban Redevelopment Authority employee would help developers — probably mostly small developers — identify state and federal grants and incentives that would allow them to build green.
That’s the missing link — the coordination, Peduto said. That’s what keeps most small developers from taking advantage of programs that pay for green performance.
Plus, there would be a fund balance to help with financing, which might come from local foundations, Peduto imagines.
The Pittsburgh city councilman proposed this CleanTech Investment Fund as part of his 100 days/100 policies to change Pittsburgh blitz.
In an earlier installment, #48, Peduto proposed developing energy benchmarks for all city buildings.
“Then the city should start working with partners in the nonprofit and private sectors to pioneer a comprehensive program to drive down energy usage and drive up property values across the city,” he said.
via Peduto pitches green building fund – Pittsburgh Business Times.