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9. You can't change the layout because it has a bunch of load bearing walls.
A feasibility study will identify, through selective removals and field observation, all load bearing conditions in the building. Just because a wall is solid plaster, or even brick, does not mean it is load bearing. Many buildings constructed after 1900 are structural frame buildings, with few or no load bearing walls. These buildings offer remarkable flexibility for a variety of uses and tenants.


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10. That old building is ready to fall down around our shoulders

9. You can't change the layout because it has a bunch of load bearing walls.

8. It has code violations left and right. There's no way to make it work with ADA.

7. The "hysterical" society won't let you make any changes. They'll even tell you what color to paint it!

6. We'll have to do all sorts of reproduction of historical stuff. It will probably cost a small fortune!

5. The building is full of asbestos and God knows what else!

4. Doesn't the city have some kind of free money or grant program?

3. The building has to come down to make room for parking.

2. My contractor says it will cost too much!

1. We'll be better off tearing it down and building something new!
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