The potential for the demolition of the old YMCA building in Augusta, Maine has been a threat for many years now. It seems the building has run out of time. According to the Kennebec Journal:
Despite a nearly three-year reprieve from its previous appointment with a wrecking ball, the historic former YMCA building is on the eve of destruction.
Developer Lon Walters, who bought the building at auction in 2006, filed Tuesday for a demolition permit and has informed city officials he intends to demolish the building.
“The old YMCA is a beautiful building,” Walters wrote in a letter to City Manager William Bridgeo. “I would have loved to find a practical use and seen it restored. Regrettably, at this time I need to move forward with demolition of the building.”
Walters originally received a permit to tear the building down in 2008 but delayed demolition, in an agreement with the city, in hopes a new use, or new owner, could be found.
Preservationists fought to keep it standing, with the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission spending about $10,000 of its own money to heat the building.
Walters filed paperwork with the city codes office Tuesday seeking a new demolition permit.
The permit could be granted and demolition could start as soon as today.
Anyone capable of savings this building better speak-up ASAP . . . for all we know, it may already be too late, sigh 🙁