Last year, two homes were demolished in the historic Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, deemed “emergencies” and were torn down for public safety. One house, the city’s Historic Planning Commission had approved a request from Preservation SOS, a local Preservation group, to seek to shore up the home, rather than see it destroyed. The city tore it down anyways.
Months later, Preservation SOS accused the city of illegally demolishing the homes, claiming a Section 106 review was not done. The city admitted to misusing stimulus funds on the demolition of the two homes and would reimburse the funds, though Preservation SOS officials believe that the same has happened to 8 other homes in the Springfield area- and as many as 50 houses throughout the city.
After viewing some of the photos and videos of the demolition, some residents questioned if the demolitions were done properly. The homes were set up for “wet demolitions”, where heavy amounts of water are used to prevent dust and other toxic materials from getting airborne. Usually, a fire hose or a truck is used, but evidence shows that a simple garden hose was used.
After an investigation, the city admitted to not following regulation and that there was a “communication breakdown” between Environmental Quality and Municipal Code. Now a question remains, how do they plan on “fixing” this?
Photo(Bullet, 2011): The Viking Motel was heavily themed and included a mini golf course next door.
Located on Hwy 192 in Kissimmee, the Viking Motel opened in 1992 during the height of tourism in the area.
According to their website, they offered free wi-fi in all of their rooms, cable television with all the local channels and 3 HBO channels, and the rooms are cleaned daily with environmentally “green” cleansers. They eventually added a miniature golf course next door.
They had also pride themselves on the wonderful reviews that had gotten since opening. Since there isn’t much history, let’s read some…
8/4/06-THE FIRST AND ONLY THING I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THAT THEY ARE NEEDING TO FIND NEW FRONT DESK CLECKS FOR THE NIGHTS!Rude will not even come close to telling the horrors that i faced when checking out the other night. The young man working at the desk was into playing on the computer more than talking to me to see what the problem was, and the lady that was with him was more worried with what he was doing at the time. If not for them it would not be a bad motel, maybe in the future when the owners wise up and them two are gone the place will be ok. But for now sadly no time in the near future will i be staying at the viking motel.
12/18/09-Liked um, the constant employee drunken rampages all day all night. The Motel is home to quite the elite group of “men.” The gay crack-head always fun for late nights out in the ghetto of Orlando FL, or the “Viking’s” most hoarded, wreched, disturbing, and uncleany drunks and possible a giant vermit man. Thiss array allows the vistor a look at what happens truly when u DON”T say NO to DRUGS!!!!
Well, what did you expect for $35 a night? The motel closed down in 2010, another victim of the economic depression. It remained vacant until it was demolished in 2013. Oddly enough, their website is still up though.
Year Taken: 2011
Website: Abandoned Florida
Viking Motel Website
Photo(Nancy Hopwood, 1968): The original building included two classrooms and an auditorium before it was expanded in 1927.
Established as the town of Woodley in 1890s, the name was changed to Quay in 1902 in honor of Senator Matthew S. Quay, who had introduced a Senate bill to widen and deepen the Intercoastal Waterway which the community thought would benefit them. By the 1920, the Florida land boom was in full effect and the name Quay did not entice land developers, so the name was changed in 1922 to Winter Beach, “Where the Sunshine Spends the Winter.” But the land boom came and went and Winter Beach remained a small community.
The Pleasant Ridge School, originally known as Quay School, was a Spanish Mission-style structure built in 1919. It was designed by Vero Beach, Florida contractor, J. Hudson Baker and constructed for $5,000.00. The original building included two classrooms and an auditorium, and was later expanded in 1927. The school district gave the property over to the county as long they followed certain terms.
It continued to be used, housing the county’s Head Start program from 1973 to 1999. In 2001, Ross Small World Child Care signed a 10-year lease to use the property as a day care center but closed in 2004 when the building was heavily damaged by hurricanes.
In 2008, the property was returned to the school district due to a reverter clause mandating it’s return if the property no longer was used as public property. Seeing as the exterior walls were separating from the interior walls and the roof and floor had caved in, the district made the choice to demolish the building in December 2011.
Year Taken: 2009
Website: Abandoned Florida