Last September, I joined members of the Port of Sunnyside on a tour of the old Carnation Plant at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Avenue.
I admit, I loved every minute of the tour. I felt like a little kid wandering around the abandoned factory. It was right out of an episode of Scooby-Doo, only without someone dressed up as a ghost to try to scare us away.
The building itself was suited just for that sort of activity. Sadly, even through my mischievous sense of enjoying a rare treat, I could tell the building was not going to last. The nicest parts of the building were the office with the art deco façade... and not much else.
My hope after the tour ended was that the façade and the water tower could be saved, at the least. And so I went to the port-hosted meeting on the future of the site this past Monday night, on my night off, to let my opinion be heard.
I listened to the reports with trepidation, fearing the worst, and was delighted to learn that the façade can be saved. I wasn't at all surprised that most of the rest of the building isn't salvageable.
It's a pity for the Scooby-Doo fan in me, but my adult side knew even while walking through it last September that it wasn't a place that could be used without spending a lot of money on upgrades. Some of the ceilings are near to falling in, and stairs are rickety and terrifying to climb. While parts of the building seem very solid, other parts looked like a good tap with a hammer would make the whole building come down.
I don't know what will happen to the site in the future, but I hope that corner can become one of the gems of the City of Sunnyside. As for me, I'll always have my memory of that time I got to visit a dangerous old factory that once was part of Sunnyside's thriving past.