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feelings about the future of Fisher are mixed.
On one hand the building appears to be very solid.
Its heavy concrete construction could hold up
hundreds of years. Only one of the side buildings,
separate from the main structure, appeared to
have structural failure. From what I could judge
it would take a B-52 strike to do much damage.
vandalism is present it appears mild and non-threatening
to the structure itself. Unlike other buildings
where valuable ornament has been stolen or smashed,
there is little of value inside Fisher. Most vandalism
appears to be broken windows and spray paint.
However, incidents of vandalism to the building
should be reduced now that the building has finally
been boarded up.
basic design of the building seems adaptable to
a variety of uses. There are no load bearing interior
walls so the large column filled interiors could
be reconfigured to virtually any need. Obvious
reuses would include some type of industrial,
warehouse, or lofts. Its a matter of demand.
is one of the building's potential problems. I'm
not certain that an industrial or loft development
in a building of this size could currently be
supported in the area. Hopefully my conclusion
possible roadblock would be any contamination
on site. Industrial sites can be home to all types
of "goodies". I'm certain Fisher is
no exception. Depending on the level, this could
add dramatically to any redevelopment cost.
the end I have to say that Fisher Body 21 is in
the wrong place at the wrong time. It can be hoped
that it will remain sound and standing long enough
to again be a desirable property.