My good friend recently bought a 30k+ sqft building that was in need of some major TLC. As demo for renovation began a single escalator was found completely walled-in on two different levels. Because of the choppy layout and non-symmetrical floor plans it was hidden fairly well. Makes sense as the building was a department store at one time.
The escalator is from the 60's and looks like it has been well preserved for the last 30-40 years. It is very well made and has awesome retro flair, all curved aluminium fenders and diamond plate texture on the stairs. It would clean up real nice.
Now that it has been uncovered, it needs to be removed as it's not part of the renovation plans.
Questions for the FWF real estate community:
How would you go about removing it?
Does an escalator this old have value?
Have you ever had to remove one? What would you budget for removal?
Are there companies that buy these? Or is it scrap?
We are internally debating -- some of us think it has value and can be reused and others think it's going to cost $5k+ to have it removed.
Not sure an old escalator is in their wheel house, but you can try contacting Antique Archeology, which is featured on History Channel's show: American Pickers (starring Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the primary "pickers" [of junk] on that show): http://www.antiquearchaeology.com/got_stuff.php
While they may not be interested in the escalator, they may be able to advise whether it has any value and if so, how to sell it. BTW, since you posted pics in the OP, you nay want to send them a link to this thread.
SpeedingLunatic said: The nice thing about escalators is they are never broken, they are just temporarily stairs. We apologize for the convenience. If you're going to quote a comedy legend at least include the source!
CowbellMaster said: SpeedingLunatic said: The nice thing about escalators is they are never broken, they are just temporarily stairs. We apologize for the convenience. If you're going to quote a comedy legend at least include the source! Pretty sure he came up with that
Stubtify said: It likely doesn't have necessary safety switches that newer ones have. I doubt it would be able to be used unless it was just the cosmetic pieces that were retrofit into a newer escalator.
Also green for the pics. Last time I was at Macy's Herald Square they still had wooden escalators, so I'm sure they can be retrofit.
Interesting find! I have appreciated the off-the-wall (off-the-floor?) topic, jokes, and your illustrative photos.
Is there only one escalator? Was the other one removed, do you think, or did they only have an up one and not a down one? (I've been in a few stores with only an up one.)
What is the make of the escalator - is the company still in business? They might have an interest in obtaining it, or be able to point you to a specialist buyer.
It sounds like the kind of thing that could run the spectrum from costing you a lot of money for its removal by a local, generalist company to netting you a good bit of money if you can find a buyer who values it.
As you are doing with this thread, it's probably worth it to research this a bit further and try to find the latter.
EntertheDeals said: SpeedingLunatic said: The nice thing about escalators is they are never broken, they are just temporarily stairs. We apologize for the convenience. Mitch Hedberg, if you hadn't done it I would have.
I'm happy to say that I knew this as well...I even read it in Hedberg's voice believe it or not. Thank you SiriusXM Comedy Central channel.
what state are you in? in CA, you are required to hire an elevator sub contractor (certified) to remove or demolish elevators and escalators. organized crime has nothing on the elevator cartel. probably why the escalator was not removed and left in place.
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