Judging by their diameter, the pines were between 50 and 80 years old.
The 1300 block of Hudson Street was transformed last Thursday when a team from Deming Excavation Inc. began leveling the old Burger Time restaurant property, including nine mature pine trees on its perimeter, the largest of which was 60 feet tall. from above. The building, most of the foundations and all the trees were gone by Monday afternoon.
“I would have left the trees,” said Dennis Baxter, who was hired by excavators to remove fallen timber, branches and stumps from the property.
Baxter estimated that the pines would add up to about eight cords of firewood, not counting the 6- to 8-foot-wide clods, which he said would be the longest and hottest part of the trees once that he will have cleaned them of earth.
According to Baxter, the building was originally built as a gas station in 1968, but for decades it housed the Silver City outpost of the popular Las Cruces-based burger chain. On Monday, that building was demolished to make way for a new Washington federal building.
The business needs a new building as it must vacate its current premises in the 1200 block of Hudson Street, which it has leased to the City of Silver City for the past two decades, by August of l ‘next year. Their lease is also pending on the property south of Gough Park, where the bank’s drive-thru is currently located.
“Their guaranteed lease options are up in August,” said managing director Alex Brown. “We let them know a year and a half ago that we weren’t going to renew it because we wanted to look at our options for using the building. The provisional plan is to consolidate the town hall there.
The city’s executive offices, along with the utility billing department and the city clerk and attorney’s offices, are located inside the main city hall in the city center. The Department of Community Development, the Department of Public Services and several other administrators have their offices inside the existing Washington Federal Building, also known as the City Hall Annex, on Hudson Street. The Southwestern New Mexico Council of Governments also has its offices inside the Annex.
At the corner of Broadway and Bullard Street, the historic main town hall building was originally built for the Silver City National Bank and has long been the headquarters of the American National Bank. efficient layout of the city’s administrative offices. Parking is also quite scarce.
“The main reason we want to do this is for better access for the public, to make it easier to do business with us,” Brown said. “Most of the people who enter town hall these days are old people or people whose water has been cut off, and finding parking is frustrating for them.
Brown said that after construction begins on the city’s new $ 8 million recreation center, officials will begin to consider funding the planning and design of the proposed consolidated city hall on Hudson Street. Also at this point, officials will begin to seriously discuss how the property she owns at the Cat Corner of the Washington Federal Building – where the bank’s drive-thru is currently located – fits into an interim project. who could see Gough Park expanding to include the whole city. block to its south.
And what about the high-end real estate downtown where the Town Hall is currently located?
“We are looking at our options for reusing the building,” Brown said. “Westerner [New Mexico University] watched him to maybe have a downtown presence; or the Arts Council talked about taking part of the building for exhibitions and things like that. Nothing is set in stone, however.