In Independence, they’re still looking at this concrete skeleton in the middle of town. More than a year since I last reported on what was intended as a showcase of sustainability, nothing seems to have happened to the unfinished structure except that it now has a sign saying it’s for sale.
A Salem developer started the project in about 2005. It would be about the greenest building around, a model of environmental efficiency, with heating and cooling powered by solar energy and biofuels. The plans called for shops and offices as well as 15 apartments projected to sell for $250,000 each.
When I passed the site the weekend before last, the building looked just as unfinished as it did in February 2015, when the city manager, David Clyne had told me the city hoped the structure would be either finished or torn down. Since no progress had been made toward either outcome, I asked if nothing could be done to get things moving.