Update on Sayer & McKee Building, Clean-Up to Begin
If Leadville’s Harrison Avenue were an actual Old West character, one of its saying might be “Don’t Fence Me In!”
And so it will go over the next week, as local residents see the fencing that corrals the sidewalk in front the historic Sayer & McKee building, come down and crews move forward with demolition.
What Goes Up, Must Come Down! Which should mean that the fencing around the historic Sayer & McKee building will be removed this week as crews move forward with the structure’s demolition and rebuild. Photo: Joel Stuart/Leadville Today.
The iconic former drugstore lost its roof in a collapse due to heavy snow on Jan. 30. Leadville Today caught up with local Realtor Carol Glenn who was been working with the building’s owner Sharlene Hren, both as her broker and friend. Glenn stated that KW Restoration and Construction of Leadville will begin to extract the façade’s glass first. This advice came from the insurance adjuster and the panes are certainly a valuable commodity considering the number of windows the old drugstore had.
“They are going to use a crane to keep the front brick wall in place as they extract the glass from the structure,” explained Glenn. Once the windows are removed, the front of old Sayer & McKee will be pushed in on the rest of the snow-laden rubble, to eventually be demolished. The plywood will go back up, but this time flush to the rest of the buildings, allowing people access to the sidewalks once again.
This won’t hurt a bit! Well, maybe the worst part is over as Leadville recovers from another building lost on the avenue. Photo: Joel Stuart/Leadville Today
“They are hoping to start that this week,” said Glenn, hopeful that all of the paperwork and procedures move along in a reasonable time frame. However she added, “Things move slowly because there are so many parties involved.”
Let’s hope that gapped-tooth Harrison Avenue smile doesn’t hang around for too long.
“The building will be rebuilt!” stated Glenn. “They are hoping to bring it back the way it was. That’s the plan for right now.”
Here’s a video from the Original Story on Leadville Today:
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As the snow continues to pile up, safety concerns are on the rise as well. Seems like a good time to review some basic safety information.
First, be reminded that Leadville and Lake County Emergency Responders have the training and experience to keep the community safe. They have run the drills, they understand the procedures. That’s why it’s always important to heed their instruction. Don’t be one of those stubborn mountain folks, too independent not listen to those in charge during an emergency.
Second, there are two electronic means of communication you should already have in place. Number one is to sign up for the Alert Call List with the Lake County Office of Emergency Management (LCOEM).
Sign up your land line, sign up your cell, sign up your parents number, but sign up. Do it now, it only takes a few minutes and then you’ll be plugged in to any official notifications from Lake County. Sign up here: LINK.
Number two, if you’re on social media, be sure like the LCOEM Facebook Page. This is the primary way the LCOEM will be disseminating information during an actual emergency.
In conclusion, be prepared! Have the family meetings about what you would do, where you would meet, how you would communicate with each other. If forecasters are correct, it could be a long, cold winter!