MLK Conference Turns 50, With Fire(women)

by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 21, 2019 4:59 pm | Comments (8)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoVeteran firefighter Erika Bogan loves telling children, especially girls, about what it’s like to be a firefighter. And she’s passing that passion on to new firefighters like Shy Floyd (pictured).

Both women were holding court with a group of 7-year-olds Monday during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr conference at Wexler-Grant Community School.

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Demolition Turns Into Historic Opportunity

by Allan Appel | Jan 11, 2019 7:49 am | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoThe 90-day clock has begun to tick for the demolition of 71 Shelton Ave., a long-vacant 1915 building in the Winchester Repeating Arms Historic District in Newhallville.

That’s because contamination from its life in the early 1960s as a site for the fabrication of nuclear fuel components is too serious for any option other than a take-down and removal including the concrete slab foundation and at least two feet of soil underneath.

The gleaming silver lining for the loss of this historic structure is that as “mitigation” or compensation, the Goffe Street Armory — nearby and with a related historical context but technically not within the historic district — can be researched and then nominated for a place on the National Historic Register.

With that designation, the city-owned armory becomes eligible for a host of preservation grants and tax credit programs that down the road may contribute significantly to preserving it and giving it a new, repurposed life.

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