Demolition began today on the houses that sit on the property recently purchased by TRS (more on the purchase below.) The trucks rolled in around 11:00 AM and by noon, the house marked #1, that sits closer to Haycock Elementary, was completely demolished. The house had not had electricity since 2009 and was in a state of major disrepair. Brendan DeMarr, Project Manager, noted that all of the copper, metal, electrical wires, and concrete from the demolition will be recycled and reused. The entire project will take about two weeks. Brendan mentioned to Beth Silver, our Executive Director, that he attended our TRS Nursery School and has fond memories of his time with our community. The goal of the demolition is to return the land to its natural state as soon as possible.
We negotiated a contract for purchase of the property at 2110 Westmoreland St. with Mr. Jack Taylor in March. The Congregation approved terms of that contract at a special meeting on April 9. I can now report that we closed on the purchase of the property this past Thursday, June 5. It is now ours. The immediate next steps will be to clear the property and allow it to return to its natural state. We have signed a contract for the demolition, but you may not see immediate action as will take a little time to get proper permits and deal with appropriate utility cutoffs. This investment will give the Temple options in the future when and if we would like to expand our physical infrastructure. I want to especially thank Barry Holt who resuscitated the dream of owning the property in 2011, and who worked with me this time around when Mr. Taylor became interested in selling again. A thank you also goes to members Susan and Paul Abramson, who had a personal relationship with Jack Taylor that helped solidify our contact with him.