The Hojack Swing Bridge is no more. It was demolished by CSX, which finally acted on an order from the U.S. Coast Guard. Despite the fact the bridge was eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Place, CSX was granted demolitions permits this year by the DEC and Army Corps of Engineers without a single public hearing. A paltry notice by the DEC was published in the Democrat and Chronicle classifieds for people wanting to give input.
A similar story is playing out in Michigan, where there’s a public fight to save an old railroad bridge in Port Huron. The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input because the bridge is historic. The Times Herald reports:
More than 690 people have signed a petition on change.org asking the State Historic Preservation Office to stop the demolition permit. The Army Corps of Engineers has to consult with the State Historic Preservation Office before authorizing the demolition of the potentially historic landmark.
The train bridge was built in 1931 by the American Bridge Company of New York using a “special patented design that … was only used in eight bridges in the country,” Nathan Holth, a bridge historian and preservationist, previously told the Times Herald.
It looks like people in Port Huron is getting more of a head start and the process might be more open.
Links of the Day:
– There’s a cool plan to turn a historic Albany church into a brewery. Some neighbors object.
– Governor Cuomo is vetoing a bill that would have expanded state tax credits for historic building rehabs. Meantime, this week Sen. Schumer was in calling for expansion of federal tax credits for historic buildings.
– The Syracuse school superintendent is donating her bonus to a group supporting teachers. She notes teachers are stressed out and spending their own money on supplies.