Our Romantix Annex Office building is never without a story. The latest one we have is how the foundation may have erupted the budget. We’re sure the town’s chief marketing officer will find a way to dispute this but our construction sources are reporting the quartzite blasting has left the building already over budget – but the public will never know, because the CMAR process keeps that all secret-secret.

The need for heated underground parking garage for special cars to be parked is putting the building behind before it is finished. What do you suppose they are going to say was unimportant so the building can com in “under” budget?

11 Thoughts on “You’re gonna need a bigger bomb

  1. The D@ily Spin on April 3, 2017 at 8:50 am said:

    Just another cover up like the Events Center siding. What should be pointed out is the contractor still gets compensated with a guaranteed profit. Construction Manager at Risk doesn’t work for taxpayers. Where will the extra millions come from? Even higher water and parking rates? Send out code enforcement for fines and muscle because citizens are breathing?

  2. The D@ily Spin on April 3, 2017 at 9:12 am said:

    So, looks like hard-ons for this whole block. Just another Huether ED? Time to nickname the new city building Romantix Two? It’s planned empty because city employees are to embarrassed to work here.

  3. Maybe they should leave all the empty space unfinished? Only finish out the one floor that will be necessary. 😉

  4. Warren Phear on April 3, 2017 at 9:34 am said:

    What is unimportant so department heads and the mayor have underground heated parking spots? SAM. Paratransit. Screwing the so-called island dwellers who, according to our mayor, take advantage of city services.

  5. scott on April 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm said:

    we should be able to blow things up in boomtown.

  6. It was well known that blasting would have to be done and it was budgeted. Your just making shit up now.

  7. l3wis on April 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm said:

    You are right, they knew they would have to blast, but I guess it is a lot more then they bargained for. I know that a lot of people questioned building a full-size garage when they knew there was a shit-ton of quartzite in that area. But hey, what does MMM care, it’s not his money he is blowing.

  8. Briggs Warren on April 3, 2017 at 8:48 pm said:

    This all could be avoided if the city was more transparent.

  9. I’ve been in several downtown projects. Whoever told you it was more than engineered for is full of shit.

    This area is made of either full rock or rock with voids. For heavy loads you need to to remove a certain amount to make sure your footings are stable. Remember the new Suntrust building 2 blocks south thats tipping over due to shote geo engineering? Loyds tried to cut corners on geo surveys.

    The Tower of David building looks like it’s built on grade level but there’s a pillar structure under it which is almost deep enough for cars to park under the building.
    Considering the rock that must be removed and the limited downtown parking, the cost is worth it.

  10. anonymous on April 5, 2017 at 6:07 am said:

    I think what LJL meant to say is…I’ve been in ON several downtown projects.

    Maybe LJL is one of those “secret” Legacy investors.

  11. My Mistake Mike on April 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm said:

    I understand that some of the extra blasting is for geo-thermal in order to obtain LEED certification. Wind and/or solar would be a more practical and cost-effective choice.

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