Cumberland Times-News

March 5, 2013

Park Service should determine if Footer building can be saved

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— I’m writing in response to the Feb. 28 letter by Chris Stevens titled “Footer Dye Works vital part of our heritage.”

May I just say he failed to mentioned that the following places: Queen City Station, the SS Peter and Paul Monastery, the Liberty, Maryland, and Strand Theaters that were demolished because they were falling apart and the others that were demolished — Rose Hill and Gov. Lowndes Mansion — because they were part of the current interstate system and the highway was not going to be rerouted to save two homes.

Now the Footer Dye Works building is much a mystery and a lot of residents of Cumberland have noticed it could be unsavable due to a few facts: people have noticed bricks falling out of the building and birds are living inside the Footer Dye Works.

Before the National Park Service approves saving this building it should inspect the building for themselves to see if it is savable or not.

If unsaveable it must be demolished as a last resort, as city council member David Kauffman has stated at a recent meeting (“Vote on Footer Dye sends decision to city council,” Feb. 14 Times-News, Page 1A).

John M. Davis