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Clean Up of Annie Lytle School Continues

After a couple of weeks of volunteer work by local activists, the Annie Lytle is sporting a new look. Metro Jacksonville shares images of their efforts and provides an update on future volunteer cleanup events.

Published June 19, 2012 in Urban Issues      120 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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The images below show the results of two Saturdays , about five hours two weeks ago by thirteen volunteers and five hours by volunteers this past weekend.  Clean up efforts will continue this Saturday at 8am.  New volunteers are encouraged to sign up at each event.





















Photographs by Timkin








120 Comments

Timkin

June 19, 2012, 03:11:31 PM
Dog Walker called me a while ago..  The city is getting the yard debris :o ,curbside out of the way for us.

We intend to replace those piles this weekend.  I need a head count to provide enough beverages.


Thank you, Lake and MJ !

Ralph W

June 19, 2012, 10:40:24 PM
Sure would be a big help if the city would back their truck into the yard and get the piles of branches there out of the way instead of waiting for us old folks to muscle them to the street.

Hey, free fire wood, too. Logs are already cut to manageable lengths and ready for someone to load and go.

sheclown

June 19, 2012, 10:48:00 PM
Nice going guys!

Ralph W

June 19, 2012, 11:05:42 PM
Another thought:

Does anyone know a tree service that will donate the use of one large truck AND the super chipper they tow behind? That would make short work of all the piled up branches without having all that wasted air space in the regular city truck. Does the city have a chipper? It's all clean mulch then and ready to go to market - if anyone is still using that kind of mulch.

Timkin

June 19, 2012, 11:13:14 PM
If that could happen, we would get all the tree work done in a day and be done with that aspect of the effort. 

Just the tree trimming and removal of the ones (like the ones growing out of the roof of the building)  will do wonders for the appearance and to improve the visibility into the property.

We would not take any contributing trees out at all. just trim them.  They all need that.

Timkin

June 20, 2012, 12:06:48 PM
In addition to Ralph's post, requesting help in the way of a truck/chipper, we are requesting some other needed items:

-A lift with articulating boom... for getting to upper levels of the School to paint, pressurewash, clean ,repair the front Capital which sustained damage during the construction of the fly-over( Repairing Metal roof and marble trim in the right corner.  To replace the American Flag ( I have purchased a nice one ,embroidered)  and secure the roping to the top of the flag pole to at least make it difficult to steal.

-Paint, exterior , White , Cement color and Brown.  White obviously for the columns, portico and side entrances, planters ,etc, and the top at the roof line, Cement Color for the base all the way around the School and the caps on each of the stair entranceways at the back of the School and Auditorium entrances.

-Dumpsters/Waste management service willing to donate dumpsters for us to remove the destroyed contents of the building so as to cleanup and make as safe as possible and for presentation, the entire interior of the School.

- Companies willing to donate Hard hats, Gloves, etc for interior work.

- ANYONE willing to donate time and money for the cause ...any time and any amount of money is most appreciated.



Thanks again in advance.

ChefFreak

June 21, 2012, 10:13:44 AM
if someone could give me dates and times, I would gladly come down and lend my hands.

Timkin

June 21, 2012, 11:21:18 AM
^ Saturday.  8 AM  ChefFreak .  Thanks in advance for your help.

We hold the efforts on Saturdays as a general rule.  Or as Schedules permit.

sandyshoes

June 21, 2012, 01:12:34 PM
May I offer an idea, please - one way you might save our historical buildings could be to get on the commission or board or whatever COJ office it is that marks things for destruction...if preservation-minded people like She-Clown and ILoveIonia and Timkin ran the office, great things would happen! 

Timkin

June 21, 2012, 03:56:10 PM
City has now removed all yard debris curbside.  Believe we have some additional volunteers starting this Saturday !

WmNussbaum

June 21, 2012, 05:51:27 PM
Does the City or the DOT do anything for mosquito control in the cesspool under I-95 right in front of the school? 

iloveionia

June 21, 2012, 06:19:29 PM
Thanks Sandyshoes!

We have tried to get local (in this case Springfield) preservation minded folks on the HPC Commission.  We are being ignored.  There were two vacancies, now there is one.  This has been for a LONG time.  Recently a new commissioner was appointed.  I do not know this person's background.

Sheclown can post the specifics about the new appointee as she is a gem as researching and finding this stuff. 

sheclown

June 21, 2012, 08:29:34 PM
Quote
2012-354


RESO Conf Appt of Cora Jones Hackley as a History Rep to the Historic Preservation Comm, Replacing Lisa L Simon for 1st Full Term exp 3/4/14. (Sidman) (Req of Mayor)

1. 5/22/2012 CO Introduced: R

6/4/2012 R Read 2nd & Rerefer

2. 6/12/2012 CO Read 2nd & Rereferred; R

Several preservation-minded Springfield folks did put in an application. 

sheclown

June 21, 2012, 08:30:04 PM
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Mrs. Hackley received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Edward Waters College and is a Volunteer Liaison with Duval County Public Schools and a Volunteer/Ambassador with Northeast Florida Community Hospice. She has nearly 40 years of experience as an educator. Mrs. Hackley resides in the Lincoln Hills area within Council District #10.

Timkin

June 21, 2012, 08:46:24 PM
Quote
2012-354


RESO Conf Appt of Cora Jones Hackley as a History Rep to the Historic Preservation Comm, Replacing Lisa L Simon for 1st Full Term exp 3/4/14. (Sidman) (Req of Mayor)

1. 5/22/2012 CO Introduced: R

6/4/2012 R Read 2nd & Rerefer

2. 6/12/2012 CO Read 2nd & Rereferred; R

Several preservation-minded Springfield folks did put in an application. 

She Clown.. have you ever met Ms Hackley?  Just curious.


sheclown

June 22, 2012, 09:30:21 PM
Quote
2012-354


RESO Conf Appt of Cora Jones Hackley as a History Rep to the Historic Preservation Comm, Replacing Lisa L Simon for 1st Full Term exp 3/4/14. (Sidman) (Req of Mayor)

1. 5/22/2012 CO Introduced: R

6/4/2012 R Read 2nd & Rerefer

2. 6/12/2012 CO Read 2nd & Rereferred; R

Several preservation-minded Springfield folks did put in an application. 

She Clown.. have you ever met Ms Hackley?  Just curious.




no.

Timkin

June 22, 2012, 09:33:58 PM
Just wondering how preservation-oriented she is .

Timkin

June 23, 2012, 03:37:20 PM
Good turnout again today .. During the week , Ralph W and his trusty chainsaw , continued taking down and trimming trees..   The crew today mostly worked at putting that stuff to the street but came nowhere close to getting it all.

Today I went in the building after JSO did a sweep on it to make sure we didn't have residents lurking .   Took down a sizable really beautiful Sycamore Tree.  hated taking it down but it was growing out of the roof system and so it really needed to come out.. We also cleaned out a good bit of Wild Lantana growing on the roof System.


For anyone who might like firewood , there is truck loads of it curbside on College and curbside on the FDOT right of way, at the corner of Peninsular and Chelsea.


Thanks again to all the participants and will see you again soon.  I will be there again next Saturday and possibly at times through the week with Ralph to clear more of the accumulation of cut up limbs, etc. 


Will upload pictures to Lakelander later today.  Ralph W took some as well and hopefully can do the same :) .

Timkin

July 07, 2012, 01:10:42 AM
July 7, 2012..... We resume at 8 am.  Everyone needed a break and it was ungodly hot last weekend.  So I know it is a bit late to post but will be there in the morning. several joining in , will send updated pictures to Lake to post.

Thanks everyone !!!! :)

Timkin

July 07, 2012, 10:35:05 PM

With trusty volunteer, Ralph whittling away this past week with his chainsaw, the results this week are nothing short of astounding.  This guy is just amazing and the amount of work he accomplished by himself is nothing short of Jaw-dropping.  Stop by Annie Lytle . Ride down Chelsea Street to observe yard debris piled the length of the property , curbside(not actually on the street)  The visibility into the property from all sides from the commencement of this year's effort in early June to present is a night and day difference.  Today Ralph continued on as Trish, her daughter and myself put debris curbside.  The two of them worked incredibly diligently and accomplished so much , it was just astounding.  Not sure what the temp was today,but certainly was hot and despite this ,we pressed on.  Trish's daughter was also kind enough to take updated pictures of the progress, which we will have uploaded soon.

If you go by and cannot tell the difference that our group has made on this place, its highly possible you are looking in the wrong direction.

We resume next Saturday, 8am. :)  Sincere thanks to all for your tireless efforts. 

I know it is July and probably the last thought on anyone's mind is obtaining firewood. We invite you however to stop by the School .. There are stacks of cut manageable pieces of firewood. Literally truck loads of it curbside on College and on Chelsea/Peninsular.  Please help us and take advantage of free firewood which will come in handy before you know it.  Thank you !!!

Timkin

July 25, 2012, 02:19:16 AM
And just yesterday evening , I sent over to Lakelander , updated pictures of the progress around the building.   Its getting there. 

We resume  work every Saturday morning around 8 am ,just in case anyone in the community is interested in joining our group and continuing the cleanup.

We are getting close to ordering those dumpsters and beginning the TASK (understatement)  of the interior clean out.

We hope the community will embrace our efforts and come join us.... we need all the hands we can possibly get to make this happen rapidly.  Thanks again so much MJ and community!!!!

Timkin

August 04, 2012, 01:44:12 AM
Saturday , August 4th will mark 2 months since we resumed work on the School after a nearly 2 year halt.  It was like it had never been touched.   In 8 weeks , we have cleared one of the Courtyards completely, the second one about 40%.. Have removed most dying, and non-contributing , and weed trees from up against the building, out of fence lines , removed probably in the neighborhood of 60-70 yards of vines, cat briar, Virginia creeper, wild lantana, etc from Courtyards, off of the building, out of its back yard, and have probably now 60% of the back yard cleared. about 80% of the College St side cleared , cleaned up and mowed,  Around the same for the Front of the School, and down the Chelsea St. side of the property. Additionally we have cleaned the fence lines almost entirely along College and Chelsea.  Visibility into the property from commencement to present is a night and day comparison. We have trimmed about 1/3 of the property's contributing trees , greatly doing away with the blight and lack of visibility looking into the property.  Have lost count of the bags of trash bagged up, Pickup truck load after load of construction debris and broken , destroyed , burned elements tossed out of the Building by vandals.  In the weeks to come ,we hope to complete the work in the Back yard.. Clearing it and the 3 adjacent lots , all the way to Roselle Street.  Removing a few remaining non-contributing, seriously diseased and dying trees , replacing concrete coverings of the front planters on either side of the entrance steps.  Following that, we will attempt to get a water source to the building so that we can pressure-wash the Cornice trim all the way around the building and Capital.  We want to repair the damage done to the Capital by the Crane which struck it , during the building of the fly-over ramp, that was never fixed.  We want to paint the roof line and the base of the building stair rails , columns, Portico , side entrances and trim all the way around the School, all to one uniform color, perhaps the cement color it once was, and keep plenty of paint on hand, as we know taggers will always try to undo what we try to make better.

Upon completion of this work we will move to the interior... the much harder part of this process. We essentially want to clear the building entirely , all floors , staircases, every room of any and all debris, remove the remaining failed parts of the Auditorium roof, and extensive vegetation growing within.   The list is extensive..  When we are done, our hope is that the building will finally be in a proper "Mothball" status, ready to undergo refurbishment.  We also hope that for the first time in decades, people will drive by it and not see it any longer as an "eyesore" but looking promising for some practical use.   One of the volunteers who happen to do restoration on old homes in the Jacksonville area , thinks that the School would be best utilized to be restored as a School and perhaps offer a variety of curriculum , including  Historic Renovation. He also feels it should always remain known as "Annie Lytle", as a tribute to the Lady who once graced it's halls and set a prominent example . 

We have to try and we hope we can get the entire community to see this "poster child"  of Demolition by TOTAL NEGLECT and help us turn it's course.  It is not too late by any means..  We have to make it happen, just as the SOS group is making it happen in Springfield, and may I just mention, doing a TOP NOTCH job of doing so !!!

Saturday Aug. 4th 8 am .. we resume...!!!!! :)

Timkin

August 05, 2012, 10:27:56 PM
Images from the Cleanup effort meeting on June 30th 2012 ...
























Photos by Tricia and Rachael Thorburn, PS4 Volunteers , with sincere thanks :)

Timkin

August 05, 2012, 10:57:57 PM
More photos from the June 30th Cleanup.... 













Photos courtesy of PS#4 Cleanup Volunteer Rachael Thorburn   :)

Clearly, we are making progress !   

Timkin

August 05, 2012, 11:26:44 PM

With 3 new volunteer signups today and 5 of us present, we continued on.. More trash bagged, Accumulated piles of debris in the yard to the curb, have pretty well caught up with Ralph's work as he is taking a brief recess.  Cleaned up Chelsea side entrance and even swept the stairs and terrace. Same at the back on College St.

  Its looking better and better all the time, and it is truly inspiring that more and more people are showing interest and pitching in.

Thanks so much to the group and their efforts today.. awesome results.








From the August 4th, 2012 effort.. a few photos , Courtesy of PS#4 Volunteer Carol Woods.  Thanks Carol :)










More to follow !!!  Many thanks to Carol, Andy ,and Elisa , all new PS4 Volunteers for their amazing efforts this weekend. To Tricia for her repeated tireless efforts.  To Ralph for his stellar efforts over and over and over, leaving us massive piles to clean up.  Some of the pics over the past efforts look like duplicates.  Go by the School and you will see , that it is simply years of accumulation of trash, vegetation, destroyed features of the School tossed out into the Courtyards, and Old plywood coverings , that are leaving once and for all.

We resume August 11th and welcome anyone who wishes to join !!

Code Enforcement stopped by while we were working ..  I think even they are impressed!  I shook hands with them and told them  we would address the issues as rapidly as we possibly can!!  They drove away ! :)

Ralph W

August 06, 2012, 09:34:37 PM
Tim, what happened to the photos? I'm in Rhode Island digging for clams and Quahogs. No chainsaw needed.

Timkin

August 06, 2012, 11:23:58 PM
I think resolved now.  Not sure. We'll see .

AshleyLauren

August 06, 2012, 11:45:43 PM
Timkin, out of sincere curiosity, why School 4??

Timkin

August 07, 2012, 12:33:08 AM
Timkin, out of sincere curiosity, why School 4??

 Please clarify?  Are you asking me why we are cleaning it up?

  1. Nobody else seems to want to or cares enough to do it.

  2.  It is an awesome building , has some great features and is very definitely savable.

  3. We feel that doing this effort is probably the only hope the building has of ever being moved forward toward being put back into use. 

   4.We hope in cleaning up the property and the building and making it look as good as humanly possible ( Much like PSOS is doing with homes in Springfield) , that this will attract a potential investor or group of investors.


We may do all of this work and still lose the building.  Who can say?  This is , after all , Jacksonville. We have to try to save it.  Without our efforts , it remains a blight and an eyesore and we want to remove both, but keep the building in place.

I have loved this building all my life and I seriously fail to understand why, of all the buildings in Jax, it was deliberately left to deteriorate and be vandalized to the point that it now is, presently.  We will never have answers to that, and it no longer matters. What does is that someone is now addressing it.  I hope it will spark some hope for it and cause other groups in the community to work on other blighted areas, such as PS4.   PSOS  is doing essentially (actually an even better job) the same thing, one old house at a time.   It is about saving our historic places.    We don't have that many left.

Everyone picks a battle.  This one is mine and the awesome team of people over the years and presently , who choose to make it better. 
   
  Our position is, we clearly are improving the property and the building.   I think that is preferable over continuing to let it deteriorate. Many adjacent neighbors  and folks in the community have expressed gratitude for the effort to make it better.  I guess that is worth something.

Wish more groups would address other buildings like Annie Lytle , that need the love and cleanup.    This project is pretty big and is going to be on-going for some time to come.  If the City, Code enforcement , and the owners have an ounce of decency, since it is costing them little to nothing  to back up and let us do this, they will do so , and let us continue.  The only way we can take it , is to a better state.  Vandals have already done most of the tear out. We just have to cart it off now. 

I hope that is a reasonable answer to your question.  :)

iloveionia

August 07, 2012, 09:06:44 AM
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

I love the line "everyone picks a battle" and Tim, this is a great and important one to have picked.
The school looks great. Keep the passion going strong.

Timkin

August 07, 2012, 12:54:27 PM

Thank you , Ionia!   It is nice to get a compliment such as yours .   I commend your group and choice of battles as well.  The work your group has done is so important to the Springfield neighborhoods.   It inspires me .   I hope when this is all said and done we finally after 3 decades will have an old Schoolhouse that serves a useful purpose and something the community can be proud of.

Thank you again so much ! :)

Timkin

August 10, 2012, 08:32:14 PM
Unfortunately , last minute , I will not be able to attend the cleanup tomorrow ( August 11 ) .  If you have a H/H agreement and wish to work there tomorrow, feel free.   I will be there next Saturday, August 18.   

JewelRose

September 13, 2012, 08:30:15 PM
Hello,

I want to help out! How can I get involved?

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Timkin

September 13, 2012, 08:34:01 PM
Hi Jennifer .. Private message me for details . Thank you

Timkin

October 07, 2012, 11:26:45 PM
And as we enter our fourth month of the Cleanup of the Annie Lytle School and grounds, we have finally, with the hard work , and commitment of our stellar volunteer team, come to a point where we are wanting to begin an extensive cleanup of the School's interior, obviously starting right at the front door and working our way in.

It has been some time since I have posted pictures of our progress..at some point I will post before and afters. 

We always welcome more volunteers.   As we enter this stage of the cleanup, it would be safe to say, we cannot get enough hands, equipment, trucks, trash cans, trash bags, etc.   Anyone familiar with the School knows the interior is pretty well in ruins and our goal is to remove what obviously would have to be removed to renovate, leaving the intact features that have not been destroyed ( there is not much) .  We would like for the end result to be the building, minus the debris, hopefully even with a coat of paint covering the years and years of graffiti, so that some prospect can see what is actually there and what has to be done to renovate.  We feel even if the School had been intact, such as John Gorrie was before its renovation, that it would have to be "gutted" to be renovated anyway.  So in a way, the vandalism over the years has helped accomplish that.   We want to continue to turn its course.


We welcome anyone who cares to help. :)

Timkin

November 02, 2012, 03:37:32 PM
5 months in  to the cleanup , the results are dramatic and I invite anyone who wishes to ,to drive by and see the difference.

Tomorrow (Saturday)  We are commencing cleanup of the interior starting at the front entrance.  Initially we will clean up trash and sort trash from recyclable materials.

It has been an inspiring journey on this cleanup and  every volunteer has been wonderful and so helpful in making this monumental task possible. In particular, Ralph W has been the most amazing volunteer and has put his time in during the week , clearing the courtyards of debris, the back yard of the brush and accumulation for weekend volunteers to put to the Street.

I regret that I have not posted pictures of late, and would invite anyone interested to come take them and post them.

We look forward to continuing our progress on the building.   Thanks for reading :) 

Spence

November 18, 2012, 03:51:48 AM
Looking marvelous!

How do you feel about the planned dog park?

what next for the clean-up?
From what I have gathered, I need to sign a form or three in order to be in compliance with the legal matters before entering the fence line surrounding the (beautiful) old school?

Timkin

November 19, 2012, 10:48:44 PM
Thanks!


I am all for the Dog Park.  Anything would look better than a sand bed underneath the approaches to the bridge, decorated here and there, with trash.

This coming Saturday. Cleanups are usually every Saturday. Thank you for your interest.  Was beginning to wonder if anyone reads or cares :) .

Yes.  a hold-harmless is required.  That was the only way the owners would allow us to do the work .

spuwho

December 02, 2012, 12:34:43 AM
Jacksonville isn't the only city trying to figure out what to do with its school landmarks.

Dallas has the same issue with Dallas High School/Crozier Tech.  Situated on Bryan Street in the downtown and with the St Paul DART station in front, it has been largely ignored over the years even though it sits in one of the busiest sections of town.



The full story and background on what Dallas is trying to do is here:

http://www.nbcdfw.com/the-scene/real-estate/Shells-of-Our-City---Dallas-High-School--Crozier-Tech-53192282.html

I noticed it while riding DART to work I was doing in Dallas.

mardawer

December 27, 2012, 12:48:32 PM
My husband and I want to sign up to help clean up Annie Lytle School. I can't figure out how to volunteer, if someone could contact me, please.

tufsu1

December 27, 2012, 12:59:13 PM
you should contact Timkin through this site (pm)

billy

December 27, 2012, 02:21:46 PM
Anyone in contact with the owner recently?

Timkin

January 06, 2013, 01:48:12 PM

You can contact myself , Dog Walker, or Ralph W  any time on this site for information on the cleanups.   We hope to resume shortly.

The Riverside Resident has published a recent article on the cleanup effort, which provides contact information as well.  We certainly welcome and appreciate everyone's compliments and volunteer efforts.

With regard to communication with the building's owner,  efforts for that have rendered little response from the owner, which is disheartening.

(EDIT)  Asleep at the switch earlier..  Riverside Resident  :)

BIG CHEESE 723

January 21, 2013, 02:15:26 PM
We were there today for about an hour or more.  The girls, 11 and 10 did a good job.  And, Tim, they WANT to go back and do more!  I got a fw pics. of them.  They were inspired!

Timkin

January 21, 2013, 05:17:03 PM
^ That is awesome!..  Perhaps this coming Saturday , I can be there.  I think the Columns have to be painted again to cover tagging.

  Thanks Big Cheese, and thanks to your help as well.  I look forward to meeting all of you.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 21, 2013, 05:52:30 PM
Tim, I can't believe how stoked they were.  They have a short attention span but this clicked with them.  I think it helped that I let them go a short way inside...you know the old "haunted house" mystique.  The columns and the walls outside.  Autumn and Maddie wantd to go buy spray paint so they could paint over the dirty words.
Not any surprise, in the room next to the front door on the right hand side someone has been sleeping  It was too dark to step inside.  I tried to pulling things out with our stick, but couldn't reach it. ):  I will do my best to be there again Sat
Also went by KK and took more pics. while it was being pulled down.  I think by tomorrow or the next day it will be down to nothing but rubble.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 22, 2013, 09:14:16 PM
I have talked to my granddaughter and told her the man in charge-YOU, lol- had invited her to work.  She is enthusiastic.  Do you have a time in mind? 
Oh!  Autumn loves to paint.  I had to lock up all the paint and spray cans.  My driveway and mailox and anything else she could think to mess with.
If we aren't there, we are either at the hospital with my other granddaughter.  She is due any time.  The other is I have a funeral to attend.  Arrangements have not been mad as of yet. 
I will try and let you know if I have to skip out on you.  ):

Timkin

January 23, 2013, 05:52:04 PM
Big Cheese.. We typically begin about 8:30-9am  on Saturdays.

As to going into the building ...obviously it is not mine to say do or do not, but be careful...  many hazards present.   Hope to assemble a crew to get underway  with cleanup shortly. 

If you cannot make it , that is okay.  If you can, great :)

Dog Walker

January 24, 2013, 10:08:53 AM
Bring some white paint too.  The columns have obscenities painted on them by some cretin.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 24, 2013, 08:07:05 PM
Trust me.  I am well aware of the graffiti.  More has ben added in the past 2 weeks.

Timkin

January 26, 2013, 02:12:55 AM
Bring some white paint too.  The columns have obscenities painted on them by some cretin.

Will do!   Have accepted that this is going to continue to be to do over and over. 

Too bad we cannot graffiti the taggers :(   Might change their ambition to deface property that does not belong to them.

Oh well  :P

BIG CHEESE 723

January 26, 2013, 09:30:40 AM
I have always felt that if they get caught they should be sentenced to Community Service.  Make them go around and paint over their mess and everybody else's, too.  If we put thm to work fixing the messes maybe it might less inclined to "mark their territory." 
If nothing else, let the punishment fit the crime.

Dog Walker

January 26, 2013, 10:41:59 AM
I think that reproducing their tags on their tummies with a branding iron would be appropriate.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 26, 2013, 11:39:29 AM
That's seems a little harsh, don't you think? 
We could probably get some out at the feed store custom made.  It would be my pleasure to be the first to use them. lol.
We are about to head over there.  Have to pick up my little team of Jr. enforcers.  Stopping to get paint and we are on our way.

stephendare

January 26, 2013, 11:54:57 AM
That's seems a little harsh, don't you think? 
We could probably get some out at the feed store custom made.  It would be my pleasure to be the first to use them. lol.
We are about to head over there.  Have to pick up my little team of Jr. enforcers.  Stopping to get paint and we are on our way.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ft9sCV-eJ0w" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ft9sCV-eJ0w</a>

skip ahead to 1:50 for the chat on young criminals.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 26, 2013, 12:03:48 PM
lol
It did occur to me from my coomment about marking territory, that we, too are marking our territory by obliterating theirs.
Here's to our nefarious invasionto take back our city one bit at a time

stephendare

January 26, 2013, 12:14:27 PM
I just think its ironic that we want to physically harm the teenagers with the spray can for their damage to the building, but would probably love to take the owner of the building that let the roof fall in on itself to lunch to 'share some ideas' with them.

Dog Walker

January 26, 2013, 01:50:56 PM
Stephen, don't take revenge fantasies seriously.  One I have is making the owners of the building live in it until they come up with a restoration plan.

And most of the graffiti vandals are not teenagers.  Those recently arrested range in age from 23 to 36! Get a life, people!

BIG CHEESE 723

January 26, 2013, 03:14:31 PM
Okay now.  Can't we all just get along?
I have an 11 year old 19 year old in the bathroom right now trying removed paint.
THEY have been painting the columns and now they are, as of 30 minutes ago almost pristine.  Thy wanted to find more things to paint out inside the building but that I didn't see as being feasible.  Besides, they ran out of paint. 

sandyshoes

January 26, 2013, 03:58:58 PM
Baby oil on a cotton ball removes paint from skin very gently and thoroughly

BIG CHEESE 723

January 26, 2013, 04:54:30 PM
They used lotion and are all clean except what they have on their clothes.  Thanks for the tip...you shou,ld have seen people driving alongside of us on the way home.  lol  Stares, we got!

Dog Walker

January 27, 2013, 10:13:22 AM
Big Cheese,  Please thank your kids for us for helping out.  The more hands we have on the school maintenance the better and all are much appreciated.

PM me the next time you need paint.

Timkin

January 27, 2013, 11:11:25 AM
^ Absolutely!   Thank you so much, Big Cheese. 

At this point, believe there will be a few more people on hand next Saturday. 

BIG CHEESE 723

January 27, 2013, 11:16:08 AM
Oh, good!
I followed your request and you are friended if you accept. (:
You should get a laugh at the t-shirts the girls plan to war next week.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 28, 2013, 08:28:59 PM
):  A little damage was done on the column.  Looks like someone threw paint? or something like it.
Autumn has gone commando.  (!! year old grand)She has some big, nasty plans for retaliation.  They are very scary.  The nicest thing I can say is that she has declared WAR on taggers.

Dog Walker

January 29, 2013, 10:23:43 AM
Hell hath no fury like a roused 'tween!  LOL!  When someone retags something you have cleaned up it gets personal real fast.

And Autumn is a very pretty name for a girl.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 29, 2013, 11:04:40 AM
I had no idea that she could have such violent thoughts!  I'm getting afraid to cross her.  lol
Thanks for th comment.  She will BE BACK!

Timkin

January 29, 2013, 06:13:08 PM
Big Cheese, Please thank Autumn for us . I will thank her personally when I meet her.  We really appreciate her enthusiasm and I certainly feel her despair over the column getting re-tagged.   Will have paint on hand on Saturday.

BIG CHEESE 723

January 29, 2013, 07:22:04 PM
I will do that.  (: 
She should have calmed down by now....good news for her...nothing new today.

Timkin

February 01, 2013, 07:20:59 PM
I will do that.  (: 
She should have calmed down by now....good news for her...nothing new today.

Unfortunately with this building ( and many other abandoned ones )  some people like to continue the defacing, tagging, vandalism.   It is nearly a certainty that more tagging will appear.

Will be working at Annie on Saturday.. about 9 am for anyone who wishes to help . Thanks so much.

BIG CHEESE 723

February 01, 2013, 07:34:08 PM
We are still planning on being there.  I am hoping by 10, but that is always iffy.  (I do the best I can)
No baby yet (:

BIG CHEESE 723

February 02, 2013, 07:26:49 PM
Hooray for today! 
Timkin, along with Carol and Trish met us today.  We did more clean up in the front entry.  Tim and I were surprised to find that under all the dirt and debris there were linoleum floors.  Can't wait for next Saturday!!

Timkin

February 02, 2013, 11:50:59 PM
The clean out is under way.    We gained 3 wonderful volunteers today.  Unfortunately , we also lose Carol, one of our devoted volunteers who has done most of the photography since last June.  Life changes require her to change locations, and we will all miss her immensely.

Big Cheese speaks truth.  There actually IS a  tile floor underneath the junk, wood debris, trash , broken glass .  The entrance hallway was cleared, as was a very good start on both of the offices and the electrical room .  A great start to an enormous undertaking on the interior clean up.

BIG CHEESE 723

February 02, 2013, 11:53:41 PM
We wanted to thank Tim and all his volunteers for what they are fighting so hard to do.  They are making a stand at #4 and I/we plan to do as much as I/we can to be a part of it. 
Much love and thanks to everyone involved!

BIG CHEESE 723

February 03, 2013, 12:55:47 AM
Also needed to mention my sadness at meeting Carol on her last day. 
I have no doubt that wherever she relocates that community will be enriched by her  volunteer spirit

Timkin

February 03, 2013, 12:15:23 PM

 Will continue the cleanup next Saturday.   Thank you everyone for your hard work :)

Autumn_936

February 04, 2013, 10:18:18 PM

 Will continue the cleanup next Saturday.   Thank you everyone for your hard work :)
              I will be there

Timkin

February 05, 2013, 12:14:47 AM
Thanks, Autumn..

Autumn is one of our newest volunteers.   She has great enthusiasm . She and her Sister did an awesome job helping us get under way on the interior cleanup.

Timkin

February 05, 2013, 12:45:23 AM

ALSO..... Request from our volunteer team to those in the community who care about Annie Lytle.

We are , very eagerly providing all of the tools and materials to accomplish the project.  What we could really use from the community are donations of:

Contractor Trashbags.... literally as many as can be spared .. The interior space is in the 45,000 square foot range and much of it needs trash pick up..

Safety Gloves, all sizes.

Hard hats .. for when we work in some of the dangerous areas

Paint  .. White Semigloss exterior latex for the Columns , Planters and Steps and base trim of the building.  Dark brown to cover tagging on the covered doors and entrances.  Dark  Colors .. like Coffee color to Spray the back wall on the Auditorium and cover over the tagging that has been painted on it for 4 decades.  A color match to brick so we can paint the brick work where tagging has been posted in various places.    Time for it to go.. we are sending Annie to a new day.

WE will need lawn teams.  I have personally provided all of the lawn equipment through the years to do this project and will continue to as long as I can , but with Ralph W's  help the Yard has been cleared so nicely in the back of the School that with one final day of cleaning up back there,  It would then be managable  on a zero-radius mower..

Looking to do some landscaping and planting in the planters on the 3 sides of the School.  So anyone who would like to help with that or donate is most welcome to do so.

I have a new flag.. We need a lift to place the flag and also to secure the Tether Ropes at the TOP of the Flag pole.. Any other method results in the Flag going byebye by thieves within days.   Please don't get me started on the type of scum  that STEALS an American Flag. They are the lowest of the low.

We need muscle and man power, Trucks , Front end loaders,

Phase one is to get the Trash swept out of the entire building and all debris even in the basement.. OUT.

Next comes covering over the tagging.. We think it is necessary so that developers can look through building to see what is there and what has to be done.

Also getting demolished is the failed remaining Auditorium Roof Scraps..   we will seperate the wood from metal . Wood obviously goes to the dump .. All Metal goes to a scrapper.

Im getting into a lenghty list but the bottom line is We appreciate anything /everything  you folks can do to help us

Thank you so much!! :)

=Timkin=

BIG CHEESE 723

February 11, 2013, 01:28:34 AM
We will be there Saturday.  Have flashlight to hit the side rooms.  Got to get those forms signed, too.  (:

sandyshoes

February 11, 2013, 11:01:23 AM
Timkin, LOVE what you all are able to do, sorry I am not physically able to help.  People may call me Pollyanna (or worse, I'm sure), but here's a thought.  It sounds as if you all have most materials, but you really need bodies to do the work.  For lack of a better term, would it not be the coolest thing if there was a "consortium" of volunteer, non-profit groups who would help each other get things done - say (just as an example) a Builder's Care type of group whose x number of volunteers might be able to help you all for x number of hours in return for your x number of volunteers helping them for x number of hours.  ??  I can dream, right?

Timkin

February 12, 2013, 11:24:04 AM
A great idea , Sandy.  Thank you

iloveionia

February 13, 2013, 10:21:05 AM
Also getting demolished is the failed remaining Auditorium Roof Scraps..   we will seperate the wood from metal . Wood obviously goes to the dump .. All Metal goes to a scrapper.
=Timkin=

Beg to differ.  Salvaged wood makes great benches, work tables, other furniture, sign boards, and art pieces.  Think PS4 Fundraiser.  I'd be the first in line to buy.  Serious.

ricker

February 13, 2013, 10:31:12 AM
What time Saturday?
I have a weekend off!
- this one and next!
Looking forward to helping!
Sorry I do not any longer have my truck.
I would really like to assist with whatever planting installation you have planned. Is that happening this weekend?
I can happily paint or sweep also, I just really need some gardening therapy.
helps my tired hands.
Thanks again Tim!

BIG CHEESE 723

February 13, 2013, 12:20:17 PM
There will be at least 2 of us there on Sat.  around 10 am.m.  I will let Tim comment for himself.  We need people who can lift things.
iloveionia, interesting idea.  You have done that with your PSOS?

Timkin

February 13, 2013, 11:34:13 PM

  To clarify, we are disposing of unusable debris.. trash , charred remains of the failed auditorium roof .. This is stuff that has no reusable element.   As to salvaging usable wood out of the building.. since it is not mine to do that, I cannot do that nor promote to anyone else that they could.    Appreciate the suggestion of the PS4 fundraiser and certainly concur that it is a great idea!   

Just to eliminate the danger in the building of the trash and completely destroyed elements scattered throughout the building is the task at hand , at this point , and just doing that is going to take some time.   As we move through the building , we are beginning to cover (paint over) the tagging all over the place, which like the outside, will probably prove to be repeated work.

Ricker.... good to hear from you.  As to planting plants,  plant as you wish, any time.  Certainly can see no harm in beautifying .

Typically we show up there somewhere around 8:30-9:00 AM on Saturday.   Big Cheese will likely beat me  there this Saturday.   

Once again , Id like to state we are NOT removing or selling any features or wooden elements of the building particularly since it is not ours to do that.  We are cleaning it up and improving its state visually and to be able to get around in the structure. We hope this will help move it toward renovation. 

BIG CHEESE 723

February 13, 2013, 11:56:15 PM
I am going to go out back tomorrow and see if I can't find some (small) old x-metal that we might use to sift the debris from the dirt and dust.  It would probably make it easier than doing it by hand.  If I can't find that then I might get a small piece of hardware cloth. 
Definitelyy plan on being there.
Remind anyone that wants to help to bring gloves.  Flashlights or some kind of battery operated lighting would be very helpful.

sandyshoes

February 14, 2013, 08:31:34 AM
Timkin, I'm sorry I didn't remember this before now;  I don't know if it would be helpful to you all or not, since you are painting off the graffiti tagging.  I know there is a special concoction called D-2 that the genealogical society (Southeastern Genealogical Exchange Society Library, off of 103rd and Ricker, on Sauterne Drive I think it is) sells to clean off concrete headstones in the graveyards they take care of.  It is used instead of bleach because it won't deteriorate the old concrete.  Not sure if it would remove paint, and I have no clue if you could paint over it or not if you still had to.  Just throwing it out there. 

BIG CHEESE 723

February 14, 2013, 10:58:30 AM
Sauterne right off Blanding.  Tim, I could check with Jon Ferguson from SGES and see what he can tell me.  We know each other I am a member
Come to think of it, you might know Mike Lawson?  Jon and Mike record cemetaries and I have seen Mik referenced on MJ.

BIG CHEESE 723

February 15, 2013, 07:56:21 PM
Hey, Tim!  A friend made a facetious copmment about a good use for #4.  Not feasible but she suggested since our illustrious councilman wants to shut down Metro Park because of the noise...use #4.  No complaining about noise over there.  lol  I know, not big enough, but it would have beeen a win/win solution.

Timkin

February 15, 2013, 10:26:17 PM
Timkin, I'm sorry I didn't remember this before now;  I don't know if it would be helpful to you all or not, since you are painting off the graffiti tagging.  I know there is a special concoction called D-2 that the genealogical society (Southeastern Genealogical Exchange Society Library, off of 103rd and Ricker, on Sauterne Drive I think it is) sells to clean off concrete headstones in the graveyards they take care of.  It is used instead of bleach because it won't deteriorate the old concrete.  Not sure if it would remove paint, and I have no clue if you could paint over it or not if you still had to.  Just throwing it out there. 

Sandy..  Most of the concrete surfaces have so many layers of paint on them from covering tagging over the years , that it would be tough to remove.   

I read online about a chemical made to apply to brick to remove graffiti , but it is costly and to remove all of the tagging from the entire structure would cost a lot and take a really long time.  Not sure what to do to combat this problem, other than to keep code enforcement happy by covering it.  The least expensive way to do that is to paint it.  Don't like painting the brick , but not many options at present.

Here again, this is where donation money is needed.  Without having a firm plan in place to develop the building and property , this vicious cycle of tagging and covering over the tagging is likely going to continue.    So we cover the tagging for now.. it boils down to limited economics :)

BIG CHEESE 723

February 15, 2013, 10:32:54 PM
Autumn has already called me to make sure we are still on.    You betcha'.  10 a.m. is still my goal

Timkin

February 15, 2013, 10:41:33 PM
Hey, Tim!  A friend made a facetious copmment about a good use for #4.  Not feasible but she suggested since our illustrious councilman wants to shut down Metro Park because of the noise...use #4.  No complaining about noise over there.  lol  I know, not big enough, but it would have beeen a win/win solution.

Actually on the contrary , I think there are neighbors adjacent to the School that would probably object  to that, even if the Interstate traffic noise drowns it out :P.   It is not just the illustrious councilman that wants to stop the activity at Metro Park , but also folks in neighborhoods that are close enough to hear the music , etc, that object to it. 

The best idea I have ever heard for Annie Lytle is the idea Ocklawaha suggested , that was to convert it to a Station with the Skyway extended from its present location , and coming in to the back of the School, as well as converting the rest of the building to mixed commercial.    As much as I love the idea, I do not think it will ever materialize  but it would certainly make the School a destination.   Ock suggested continuing on the idea by reconnecting the School via a large pedestrian walkway , to Riverside park, linking it back to the Park and the 5 points area.

There are a lot of excellent ideas for the School , but not a single thing proposed so far has ever coupled with a 100% plan to pay for the enormous cost of renovation/development.  Herein lies the problem.

 I know of no better plan, and apparently so far, neither has any developer.  Certainly if there had been, someone would have made it happen.   If the Skyway is ever extended to the Riverside area,  this is an excellent idea .

 Until such time as a plan is in place, the only feasible thing I see for us to do , is to continue what we are doing, and that is to combat the last 50 years of abandonment, disrepair, vandalism and try to continue on course with our cleanup. At present that is the least expensive solution.

:)

Timkin

February 15, 2013, 10:44:22 PM
Autumn has already called me to make sure we are still on.    You betcha'.  10 a.m. is still my goal

Awesome :) 

BIG CHEESE 723

February 16, 2013, 02:39:12 PM
Clean up of the inside continued today.  More progress in the front hallway.  Also moved on to the first 2 rooms by the door.  Still lots to do.  We had to leave a big pile of debris right inside the door.   Soon we plan to have that removed.
Thanks to Dog Walker for the x metal.  Will use it soon.
Also had a little company around back.  Sketchy guy with a metal detector and a camp-like spade.  Guess he was digging for treasure.  Photos will be postd on PHOTOS BY BIG CHEESE.  Still can't upload to MJ
Shoes filled with dirt.  lol  ned serious shower....no complaints.  All for the cause.  (:

If_I_Loved_you

February 19, 2013, 03:21:17 PM
Clean up of the inside continued today.  More progress in the front hallway.  Also moved on to the first 2 rooms by the door.  Still lots to do.  We had to leave a big pile of debris right inside the door.   Soon we plan to have that removed.
Thanks to Dog Walker for the x metal.  Will use it soon.
Also had a little company around back.  Sketchy guy with a metal detector and a camp-like spade.  Guess he was digging for treasure.  Photos will be postd on PHOTOS BY BIG CHEESE.  Still can't upload to MJ
Shoes filled with dirt.  lol  ned serious shower....no complaints.  All for the cause.  (:
I applaud you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9NIZOvfKpc and the others that put their own blood sweat and tears into this old school.

BIG CHEESE 723

February 19, 2013, 09:11:37 PM
Praise goes to Timkin and ALL the ones who have working their hearts out for many years.

Timkin

February 20, 2013, 12:51:33 AM
^^ And to you Big Cheese, and to your assistants, Ralph W,  DogWalker, Linda B,  Countless Countless others deserve praise and to be commended.  Collectively your efforts make mine pale in comparison, but one thing is for sure.  We all want the same end result and we are getting the cleanup part accomplished , slowly but surely.  From 6 years ago , when I began,  it is obvious that the property gets regular maintenance.  It is uplifting and gives me hope that we have volunteers who specialize in Historic renovations , and have investors looking yet again to identify the way to make renovation a doable project.

Despite those in the community that think the School is a lost cause, hopeless, that we are wasting our time, WE ARE CONFIDENT that a path to bring this building from its derelict state to life will be identified, and that, by continuing forward on the things ,we as the community can do to improve it, gives it a huge shove forward to meeting that goal.    We will save any features ( remaining doors / windows )  to restore or as patterns for ones put back in during renovation.   

Mostly , as posted previously, the task at hand is total clean out of the building everywhere. every staircase, classroom ,closet , even the basement.. all junk , ruined building materials, trash hauled away.. dust ,broken glass etc swept up , bagged up, removed.   Auditorium cleaned back down to the concrete floor, the Stage cleaned / cleared, and the removal of all of the tagging. I believe this phase will easily run us through 2013 probably longer.. depending on the volunteer interest, and donations ,etc.

I commend you all for your loving efforts ...

BIG CHEESE 723

February 23, 2013, 12:56:14 PM
More work completed today.  Working hard on the principal's office.  Still need volunteers!!!!
A 66 year old woman and an 11 year old girl can do only so much by themselves.  Two hours is about our limit in one day.Anyone can come and work at any time.  Ralph W tries to do things during the week.  I can show up if someone wants to work on a week day.  all I need is advance notice. (:

sandyshoes

February 23, 2013, 01:36:30 PM
It's too bad someone with deep pockets (Weavers, Khan) doesn't get involved with saving Annie.  FYI one of the owners (Doug Milne) is a lecturer in an upcoming OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute / UNF) event.  Maybe some folks oughta show up there and try to talk to him afterwards?  (It's a lecture/learning series for retired folks).

Dog Walker

February 24, 2013, 10:51:05 AM
Doug Milne's foundation no longer owns the school, only the surrounding land.  The tax deed for the school was bought by Tarpon IV, LLC, a south Florida investment company.  They have not paid taxes on the school either so it might be coming up for purchase again next year.

BIG CHEESE 723

February 24, 2013, 01:26:53 PM
We are going to keep on working.  If someone does take a look at it to buy they are going to s slight improvement on the inside.  (:Tim had an unusual query about a on-time use.  Ridiculous.  He will have to share that with you.
Patsy

Timkin

February 24, 2013, 04:50:47 PM
We are going to keep on working.  If someone does take a look at it to buy they are going to s slight improvement on the inside.  (:Tim had an unusual query about a on-time use.  Ridiculous.  He will have to share that with you.
Patsy

What Big Cheese is referring to , is a communication I received recently from a person who wanted to have her wedding at the School .. inside.

I indicated to her that it is not my property, but gave her the names of the owners involved in the place.. and indicated that it took me quite some time to negotiate with the owner to obtain permission to do maintenance / cleanup on the School and property, and that even we as volunteers cannot host events in or on the property..it is condemned / unsafe/has no utilities.

Her reply was not friendly at all... She said if I was allowed to do cleanup there , that she surely should be able to host a wedding there.   That people illegally enter the School all the time ( duh )  and that she WOULD go to the owner.

My reply... Okay. Good luck.

 This is the frustrating part of trying to do something positive with a Property like Annie Lytle.    Our intent is well-meaning.  It appears to be taken in the wrong light by some, such as this example.

BIG CHEESE 723

March 04, 2013, 01:28:53 PM
We will continue our work this Saturday morning.  We should be there around 1o a.m. for at least 2 hours.  We can get a lot done in that amount of time

  But the more volunteers, the more successful our efforts will be.
Anyone want to join us?

Timkin

March 13, 2013, 06:00:43 PM
Have continued cleanup into the Auditorium, beginning to dismantle and remove remainder of failed auditorium roof and debris. 

Will continue this Saturday....

HMOORE

March 21, 2013, 10:43:12 PM
 Hello, my name is Hunter, I am a freshly recruited volunteer.Tim Got with my partner and I which recently started a lawn care business and inquired about our services for the property. Being born in Jacksonville I have known about this school for quite some time and would love to be a part of the effort to help save it. We were able to get down there today and do a good mow and weedeat. We our planning our next efforts around getting all the piles of debris curbside including the palm stumps piled up on the front side of the building. Its amazing to see all the work you guys have already done, the property has changed drastically from some of the past pictures I saw. I look forward to meeting all the volunteers involved. Take care.

Timkin

March 24, 2013, 06:04:13 PM
Hello, my name is Hunter, I am a freshly recruited volunteer.Tim Got with my partner and I which recently started a lawn care business and inquired about our services for the property. Being born in Jacksonville I have known about this school for quite some time and would love to be a part of the effort to help save it. We were able to get down there today and do a good mow and weedeat. We our planning our next efforts around getting all the piles of debris curbside including the palm stumps piled up on the front side of the building. Its amazing to see all the work you guys have already done, the property has changed drastically from some of the past pictures I saw. I look forward to meeting all the volunteers involved. Take care.

Hunter, and his friend Jeremy are our two most recent volunteer recruits.

If you go by the PS4 property, you will notice a meticulously ,fresh-cut lawn ... the School's grounds and the adjacent lot at the corner of College/ Roselle.

Sincere thanks to Jeremy and Hunter of Arlington Lawn and Garden Care , who have selflessly donated their time and has done a fantastic first cut for the season of the School's lawn, working around remaining debris piles.

If you need lawn / garden care,  Jeremy and Hunter are the guys to call.   

Many thanks again, guys !!!


This weekend at PS#4..

We removed the pile in the School's front yard of a portion of the remaining failed auditorium roof as well as more debris in an area near one of the Stairwells,  trash in the front yard.   There were 3 of us and it was pouring rain ,but we pressed on anyway.

It is heartening to review in pictures, the profound progress we have made in  10 months.

The amazing volunteers for the last six years and those presently, have continued to make this happen. 

Heartfelt thanks, to my amazing volunteer team :) !  !  !

MEGATRON

March 27, 2013, 08:56:39 AM
Have been gone for awhile.  Just try to catch up.  When is this thing going to be torn down???

sandyshoes

March 27, 2013, 09:33:37 AM
Really, Megatron?  You'll be back in jail before it ever gets torn down.

MEGATRON

March 27, 2013, 09:36:12 AM
Really, Megatron?  You'll be back in jail before it ever gets torn down.
I'm not going back to that place.

LookyLou

March 27, 2013, 09:48:44 AM
Timkin- I sent you a PM last night regarding construction help. We are hoping to help with material needed!

Timkin

March 29, 2013, 02:57:17 PM
Thanks LookyLou... and will keep that in mind.   Our group is cleaning up the property and the building.  Another entity is looking into development.

Replied to your PM.


Wednesday ,  a group of High School young men and women , donated one of their Spring-break vacation days to come lend us a hand.... Continuing to remove debris from the Auditorium which is now clearly showing signs that cleanup is under way.    These young folks did a outstanding job.

Today, Patsy, Autumn and I , moved their stuff from outside of the School's steps, to the curb.   I am still in awe at the accomplishment of this group. 

And we resume at our regular time on Saturday.

Ralph W

March 29, 2013, 05:17:13 PM
Hey Tim,

Looks like I just missed you today. Stopped by to see the progress at about 4:30pm and found two guys dragging stuff to the street. Never saw them before. Took some pictures. You guys have been busy alright. I didn't trip over anything as I looked around. Hopefully, you'll leave a little for me to do when I get to work at Annie Lytle again.

Timkin

March 29, 2013, 11:18:38 PM
Not sure who that was, Ralph..   Patsy, Autumn and I worked there til about 2ish..

I would love to say, we will be finished with the project at the next cleanup..  ;)

Whenever your schedule allows you to hit it again,  we need you !!! :)   

Resume Saturday morning . :)

PATSY/AUTUMN

March 30, 2013, 07:36:36 AM
Hey, Ralph!  I think you saw our scrappers.  Henry and his group came by Weds. and asked permission to haul away some of the debris we had put on the street.  They took a lot.  They were there yesterday when Autumn and I arrived and were hauling away more things.  They had been there Thursday LOOKING FOR us to help with the haul.  They are now going inside and moving things out.  That includes the roof and any thing they can recycle.  I know they were supposed to come back around 2.  So, you most likely got pics. of them.  We also were visited by our local law enforcement who talked with Tim.  No problem with them,

John P

April 16, 2013, 09:25:51 AM
It is too bad this building is watsing away.

PATSY/AUTUMN

April 17, 2013, 12:30:58 AM
We do what we can with the resources that we have.  More progress than we could have imagined has been achieved in a little over a month.  It makes me proud to be a member of the group...

Timkin

April 18, 2013, 12:30:59 AM
And Me... I need a tutorial again on uploading the pictures to this site and will get them here. I think some of you may be surprised. 

As for Annie Lytle.. Never do I remember the front hall , hall in front of Auditorium, Both Admin offices, and Id say, 60% of the Auditorium  CLEARED of debris..  Cleaning the Auditorium floor down to concrete.. Eventually will clear flooring of all halls , rooms, etc, down to concrete. .. Necessary to do renovation . 

If our volunteer group continues, it is possible that we could have the entire building cleaned out.. that is free of all vandalized materials scattered everywhere, Holes to Basement sealed, and the Building decently secured by the end of Summer.  Wish us luck. !!!  Thanks so much .

sandyshoes

April 18, 2013, 08:02:51 AM
 You all are great.  Thank you for everything, Annie's Lytle Helpers!!!  Love. 

PATSY/AUTUMN

May 25, 2013, 08:34:57 AM
we will have a small crew there today.  progress continues.  we hope to have a large group on the 22nd of June.  cross your fingers on that.  we have high hopes for that day.  we always have high hopes every Saturday!  progress continues
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