Time flies...but in the case of the former Zoo Aviary, it's dragged on. I looked up my initial post on the proposed razing which surfaced in April 2010, over two years ago. All the discussions since then come full circle Monday night as Council talks about bids to renovate which are clearly too high to accept.
Wish I had a nickel for every time I asked staff how the project was coming, although I did not participate directly in the talks involving staff, architect and zoo people.
My strong comments in favor of keeping the structure angered some at the time, but I thought we had a consensus going on a new use for the 1978 building. Originally, the thought was to due the long overdue repairs to make it more functional.
What I regret is the length of time this took. Council will make the next move after discussion over the next few weeks.
As for the turkeys living there now...It was Ben Franklin who wanted them as the Nation's symbol.
Mayor Graham's View: The Night They Tore the Aviary Down !