I guess I was bound to comment on this sooner or later: The Crane Shed demolition here in Bend last Thursday, August 19th. It’s the big news around here. Here’s some recap:
- With a mighty roar, Crane Shed is no more: The initial Bend.com story which lays the groundwork
- Crane Shed demolition brings shock, sadness: The Bend.com follow-up story, which reveals that Crown Investment Group (who owned and demolished the building) didn’t even have a permit—oops!
- Exclusive: Crane Shed owners tell their side
- Crane Shed update: City seeks $150,000 fine: Fine amount for demolition without a permit? $500. Watching Crown Investment Group getting their asses kicked over shady dealings? Priceless.
- DEQ after Crane Shed owners over asbestos: And the hits just keep on coming.
And, here’s a good link about the Crane Shed: Brooks Scanlon Historic Crane Shed. Guess they’ll need to update their site now, though.
For my part, I think the city should have fought for the Crane Shed and prevented Crown Investment from demolishing it. I’m not sure it would have helped, though, considering Crown Investment’s highly questionable actions:
- Threaten the city of Bend with a lawsuit to deter a denial of demolition;
- Demolish the building, after hours, without a permit or safety precautions, while the whole matter was still legally pending;
- Publicly thumbing their nose at the city and the situation;
- Not perform the necessary safety inspections that would have prevented the asbestos issues the DEQ is smacking them down for;
- Lying about the state of the building and issues surrounding the demolition.
I hope Crown Investment gets the royal smackdown they deserve—and they look like they will, too. Plus, how hard do you think it will be for them to conduct future business in this town? I guess they got what they ultimately wanted, though: now they can sell off the land, which is already worth a bunch more now that the Shed is gone.
And in the meantime, yet another piece of historic Bend is gone. Sucks.