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Saving a Historic Building with Help
When I was a child, everyone my age was fascinated with an estate that was a few miles from our high school. We would have all kinds of spooky stories to tell about the place, because it had once been a mental institution for the criminally insane. It had been closed for decades, yet a grant was established for the upkeep of the buildings and property. As I grew older, my interest strayed from the campfire myths to the fascinating history behind it. The more I learned about it, the more I respected what it stood for.
The grant expired several years ago, and it has been a burden on the town ever since. It was decided by the city council that it would be more sensible to sell it rather than maintain the upkeep themselves. When I heard this, I immediately put in a bid. I needn’t have worried, because I was the only bidder. Nonetheless, I was thrilled to be the new owner of this historical site. I knew that I needed to hire an architectural design firm because some of the buildings were in deplorable conditions while others could definitely be salvaged. I did not have the expertise to know exactly what to do with some of the buildings which is why I turned to experts in that field.
I was planning on using the main building for my own company, so I shared my vision with the design team. They were nearly as excited as I was when we saw that I would be able to salvage a lot more than what we originally thought I could. I had read that historical buildings should be used for the same purpose if at all possible, but there was just no way that I was going to house criminally insane prisoners there. Instead, I think it will make a fine medical imaging company for the community.