This building is the most "far-gone" building in the Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood. Could it therefore be the building offering the greatest message? If this building is saved, then this neighborhood - in the middle of it all - will surly signal the Whole Neighborhood can be transformed!
This is the Jones Building at 334 Columbia Street (red arrow). At left is single story Norm Seakan (formerly Berger’s Dept Store), and at right the Haberer Building. Learn more https://t.co/DUj21zLVbS pic.twitter.com/7tH11je5J4— Brett Truett (@BrettTruett) January 31, 2018
On August 22, 2016 this newspaper story, Are historic buildings in downtown hospital site worth saving?, carried a picture of the Jones Building. Immediately to the East is the adjoining Haberer Building.
The following picture was taken January 28, 2018 from the back of the property...
I’m hopeful, use to be even more so... anyway, I’m willing to transform this roofless building in the Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood. I’ll be approaching city soon... pic.twitter.com/gLvsoIC6IQ— Brett Truett (@BrettTruett) January 30, 2018
Have a look from Google Maps, The Roof Has Collapsed! However, this building can be saved. Just look at the Bank of Utica for inspiration. They dismantled the facade of one building, brick-by-brick, and added a glass front with a steel and glass-clad tower. However, they saved the back wall (add picture). Similarly the Jones Building can be save and thoughtfully redeveloped.
For example, here is a city block that looked lost, but was saved and is part of a reemerging downtown...
The above picture is just east of Utica's "Busy Corner", it's the 200 of Bleecker Street opposite St. John's Church.
Brett Truett writes A Letter To Mayor Palmeiri. He seeks to help rebuild the Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood, one step is the four story structure called the Jones Building.
Another story mentions the Jones Building. Rightly calling it part of the "Jones/Haberer building", in this article, Are historic buildings in downtown hospital site worth saving?, that states:
"In a time when a new hospital might be built in downtown Utica, an area many believe contains historic structures — such as the Jones/Haberer building on the 300 block of Columbia Street — city officials are being asked to consider the importance of those buildings and weigh it against the need for a hospital within the city."
It is the belief of many, that downtown can be made a very Vibrant Place again, and the huge hospital district is not a solution.
Read more about the Historic Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood
BetterUticaDowntown (BUD) Says: "You will see how the Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood will be further developed to Become a more desirable place to do business, visit, and live. You'll learn how we will work with other Utica Neighborhoods to develop increased connectedness"