Wow, what a month! We are working hard at it and feel like we have made some progress. We can see the floor in most rooms now getting rid of much of the debris and finding little treasures here and there.
The yard is coming along with help from our landscaper Antonio Vergara and company. We had to take down a dead tree in the back which we were sad to see go. Glad to see fence posts going up so that we can take down the rag tag fence that protects Hardy from the side yard. It will feel great to finally see the expanse of the whole yard in one view.
Our niece, Jennifer Ansell is in town and she helped us with the clean out this week. Jennifer has degrees in architectural and civil engineering and to our benefit, she is going to partner with our friend, and architect on our home, Joe Meppelink to do the drawings for the building to get permits and such. Joe stopped by this week and took a look around to see our progress since he hadn’t been there since November when he was checking out our prospective buy.
We have also had visits from our friends Raina Chamberlain, Corey Ackelmire, Nathan Dube, Julie Bata & Michael Golden.
We are hopeful the fence will be done by the next post next week!
We purchased the building from The Espinosa family. Jose (Joe) Espinosa and Frances Espinosa ran their residential rental business as well as The Monte Carlo Lounge from 2020 Hardy. We also heard that it was a general store and The Lorraine Arcade under his watch.
The building had many iterations over the past 100 years and right now is full of “stuff”! When David and I first looked at the building, it was dusk and with flashlights we walked over 1 foot of debris through all of the rooms downstairs. We had to wait for a later date to view the upstairs. The immense amount of refuse did not deter us. View the incredible finds from our clean up efforts.