Monday, July 13, 2015

Whoa! Workers actually working on the vacant Bacon Funeral Home building


Well, this is something I never thought I'd see: workers working on the "new" Bacon Funeral Home. I say "new" because it's been an empty shell for at least 6 years.

Bacon Funeral Home at 3447 14th St NW has long had a massive, ugly and empty cinder block shell next door that's ostensibly been under construction. However, it's been under construction since at least 2009, if not earlier: Google Streetview shows the virtually unchanged structure in 2009, but not 2007.

The plan, as we last heard it, is that Bacon plans to demolish their current home, a repurposed townhouse, and turn it into a parking lot, and move into that big concrete building. However, that's been the plan for a long time as they either lacked funding or permits or just the will to make it happen -- it's been unclear.

In 2012 and 2013 they were ordered to make progress by the city, or the city would do it for them and place a lien on the building, effectively seizing it. And then last year, I saw some small changes, like scaffolding and actual doors and windows -- a good thing, as it was open to the elements and could potentially be a place where squatters or other criminals could go (like was the case with the now renovated 1483 Newton.)

Even if it's finished, I have a feeling it's still going to be ugly.

Here's the sad story from 2009 to today, via Google Streetview:

2009:

2011:

2014:

2 comments:

Funeral Program Templates said...

Are they making it a funeral home building again? It is really good to see the workers there. I hope that the building will become furnished soon and will be functioning again.

Eric said...

I think it is a given that the building will be ugly, enhanced only by the gash in the block they will creating by tearing down the existing building to provide for parking. It is all very unfortunate.