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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Historical Preservationists Are Happy - RIOC Starting Work On Roosevelt Island's Good Shepherd Roof Replacement Returning It To Original Condition Using Slate Material

Image of Roof Replacement Work Beginning At Good Shepherd Plaza

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be advised that work has commenced on the Roof Replacement project for the Good Shepherd Community Center. The scheduled work will include the replacement of the roof tiles, facade repairs and installation of a new drainage system. A fence will be installed around the plaza that will include an opening for access to the Community Center throughout the duration of the project. The project is estimated to be completed in 6 months.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Also from RIOC:
Please be advised the Good Shepherd Community Center will be closed Tuesday, August 28th to Friday, August 31st due to an asbestos abatement. It will re-open on Saturday, September 1, 2012.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
As reported in this March 2012 post:
... the issue of the Roosevelt Island Good Shepherd Chapel roof repair is a balance between the cost of using slate to return the roof to its original condition, delighting historical preservationists, or a less expensive synthetic slate/asphalt material that some budget minded RIOC directors wish to consider....
Preservationists are happy - the decision was made to repair the Good Shepherd Roof with  slate.


Westviewer said...

Not only is this the correct decision for historic preservation, it is, over the long run, the most economical decision. The scaffolding costs the same, no matter what the material; labor costs may be a bit less for lighter materials, but they do not last as long. During the expected lifespan of a slate roof -- 80 to 100 years -- other roofs will need to be replaced three or four times.

alicep spaulding said...

And who is paying for this work? Shouldn't the Church be paying and not RIOC?

Jesse Webster said...

RIOC owns the building. It's a community center.

alicep spaulding said...

It's not a community center, it is a church, that hosts mass and promotes its own religious rhetoric. It is also used as a meeting place, but let's call it what it is.

KidKilowatt said...

I have a summer house that I let a friend of mine use. I should force him to renovate the place, and when he refuses, I should kick him out and then let the place decay into nothing.

alicep spaulding said...

Your comment makes no sense at all. No one is saying to leave it, just wondering why RIOC is paying for it with public funds, why not raise money or go to landmarks to try and offset costs.

KidKilowatt said...

Ah, sorry. I thought you were saying that "the Church" should "be paying."

Jesse Webster said...

According to RIOC's facility use policy, "the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) operates the Good Shepherd Community Center which is available for use by civic, business, community and other non-profit or private organizations."

The church is an organization that uses the center. It is not responsible for the center's upkeep. RIOC, as the center's owner/operator IS responsible.

Asking any organization, other than RIOC, to pay for building repairs is akin to UrbanAmerican demanding that one of its tenants pay to replace the roof of Roosevelt Landings. Absurd.

CheshireKitty said...

RIOC keeps up the Chapel as well as the other historic landmarks around RI, such as the Lighthouse, Blackwell House, Ruins in Southpoint Park. Not sure if it also keeps up Dayspring Church building, although I'm pretty sure that too is quite old, and more than likely a landmark. So it's more the State keeping up all the landmarked buildings/structures on the Island, just as it would the sea-wall, promenade etc. The Chapel is not owned by any of the denominations that conduct services there.

CheshireKitty said...

BTW back in 2004, there was an offer of a donation of an electronic carillon from Island-based firefighters at the Special Operations Command, reported in the Wire on 3/20/04: Anybody have any idea of what became of this idea/offer?

"Us and Them" said...

It's actually a community center. There are concerts, meetings as well as summer camp on the lower level. The summer camp has no affiliation with religion, they teach swimming, photography, arts and sports.

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