Clean out of building completed! Repair effort about to begin

The doors to 439 Powell Street, the Ming Sun building, were finally opened up, after the preparation of a clean up plan. It was so nice to welcome in the sunshine, after months of being locked out by the City.

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After a week of removing debris and damaged personal belongings from the displaced tenants of 439 Powell, we are pleased to inform that the building clean out is now completed. The saddest thing was to see so many personal effects, once lovingly cared for by the elderly tenants, all water damaged by the cut water lines – chairs, sofas, photographs, books, dishes, clothing, wall displays… all had to be thrown into the garbage bin.

Here are some photos during the clean out:

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Several garbage bins had to be filled.

Here are some photos of the building’s SRO (SIngle Residential Occupant) units. Note how new the appliances and countertops were. All the SROs had new appliances. Even the walls had been carefully painted and maintained. The building was very well maintained with decades of city inspection reports and permits that document a responsibly kept and properly maintained structure.

Regrettably, the criminals who broke in to vandalize the building, stripped metal from all the appliances and damaged the cabinets – stealing water fixtures, copper pipes, light fixtures and much of the personal belongings from the tenants.

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By this past weekend, the building had been cleared out. So begins the next phase of the building’s repair and restoration. Our engineers and architects are now working with a contractor team to properly assess the building and will make the necessary repairs to bring 439 Powell Street back to its original useable space so that the Ming Sun Benevolent Society may continue to help provide affordable housing.

Here is a photo of our structural engineer surveying the building’s foundation earlier this week:

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