More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The property at 785 Ipswich Road, Yeronga.Mr Burtenshaw said Stokes Wheeler plan to maintain the 280sq m two-level building in its heritage form and occupy as their head office, relocating from their current premises at Loganholme.Built in 1934, the Old Yeronga Fire Station next to Yeronga Park is one of the earliest designs from leading Queensland architecture company Conrad and Gargett, who also designed Old Government House and Customs House in Brisbane.During the Second World War an effigy of Adolf Hitler was hung from the fire station’s awning, while the US and Dutch armies created a bivouac camp for more than a thousand soldiers in Yeronga Park behind the fire station.The fire station provided firefighting services to the surrounding areas until 1974 when the building was passed on to the SES who used it as a base and training centre for 24 years. The current owners, who are relocating to Redcliffe, bought it in 2001.“This is a well-constructed and truly unique office space with original finishes and fittings,” Mr Wray said.“The interior includes an original fire pole man hole and working counter levered garage doors which open into an engine room which has been preserved in its original state.” A 1930s-built fire station at Yeronga has sold.A historic fire station at Yeronga has sold for $925,000, after failing to sell at auction prior to Christmas.The landmark 1930s-built property, at 785 Ipswich Road, Yeronga, was sold to construction company Stokes Wheelerby Ray White Industrial Milton’s Aron Burtenshaw and Matt Wray.Mr Burtenshaw said despite a massive amount of interest, the fire station was passed in at auction.“The owners took a break over Christmas but we resumed negotiations with interested parties and by the end of January we had multiple offers,” he said.“We secured a cash unconditional contract for the owners at $925,000, which was well above the highest bid on auction day.”
The Port of Oakland has received final funding for the implementation of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) program.Namely, the Alameda County Transportation Commission received USD 12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission for FITS, that includes 15 freight technology demonstration projects designed to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport.The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds.The port said FITS would reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of Oakland. It would also update security systems and provide a common communication platform for first responders.“This funding will help improve the port’s maritime operations,” John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Director of Maritime, said.The Alameda County Transportation Commission will administer construction of thirteen FITS improvement projects, while the port would be responsible for the remaining two projects that are security related.The total cost of the FITS program is USD 30.6 million and all projects are scheduled to be completed by late 2021, followed by 12 months of systems testing. The project is expected to go live in late 2022.
Well, we are officially in the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season as the remnants of hurricane Cristobal continue to dump rain along the Gulf coast.Cristobal is the earliest third storm to be named in the Atlantic hurricane season.Compared with the worst storm to hit South Florida, Hurricane Andrew, which started off the season in August of 1992. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-58-wicked-killer-terrorist-mother-nature/id1460268436?i=1000477159252Hurricane Andrew was a powerful and destructive Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana in August 1992.On August 24, Andrew struck Elliott Key with winds of 165 mph (266 km/h) and a pressure of 926 mbar (27.34 inHg).About 25 minutes after its first Florida landfall, Andrew made another landfall just northeast of Homestead, with a slightly lower pressure of 922 mbarThis barometric pressure made Andrew the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Florida since the Labor Day hurricane of 1935.The United States and Florida would not experience another landfall from a hurricane at Category 5 intensity until Hurricane Michael in 2018 which wiped out portions of the Florida panhandle.Andrew was so strong it blew the wind meter off the roof of the National Hurricane Center which at the time was located in Coral Gables.The NHC then moved its facility west, miles inland near the Everglades to prevent any future direct hits.Andrew caused major damage in the Bahamas and Louisiana, but the greatest impact was felt in South Florida, where the storm made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane, with 1-minute sustained wind speeds as high as 165 mph.Passing directly through the city of Homestead with wind gusts up to 177 mph, Andrew stripped many homes of all but their concrete foundations. In total, Andrew destroyed more than 63,500 houses, damaged more than 124,000 others, caused $27.3 billion in damage, and left 65 people dead.The cities of Florida City, Homestead, Cutler Ridge and parts of Kendall received the brunt of the storm. As many as 1.4 million people lost power at the height of the storm; some for more than one month. In the Everglades, 70,000 acres of trees were downed, while invasive Burmese pythons began inhabiting the region after a nearby facility housing them was destroyed.The 1992 Atlantic hurricane season was a well below average hurricane season that had one of the latest dates on record for the first named storm.There were only six named storms, with Andrew being the only major hurricane. But as the head of the National Hurricane Center always says, “it just takes one.”