Welcome to the New Normal
Jason Duncan's Home
Located in an area of train yards, abandoned buildings and a few light industrial sites in the East end of the Southriver part of Riverside.
The Alamy Falls Light, Ice & Power building sits on several acres of broken earth, scrub brush, trash and junk. The neighborhood it no more reputable. Calling it an industrial park would suggest there is industry going on, which there is little evidence of. The two closest neighbors are wrecking lot, and an industrial technology recycling center. The smell of solvents and burning plastics fill the air. Most of the other buildings in a three block radius are either storage facilities or abandoned. Five blocks west, a growing area known as Gas Can Alley, is home to half a dozen thriving auto restoration businesses. Five of those specialize “backwards” or “forwards” hybridization. Backwards hybridization means taking modern electrics and fitting them with Gasoline engines (mostly diesel), Forward hybridization means equipping older gasoline powered cars with street legal electrics. In addition the shops customize and modify vehicles in Various ways, rarely asking questions. These become homes to car clubs, legitimate or not. By in large all of these pay their respects, and tithes to the Riverside Rattlers.
The are no sidewalks, no storefronts or restaurants. The streets are dirty, and trash travels up and down the streets with the occasional tumble weed.
The power plant itself is a hodgepodge of structures built over forty years. The old coal plant, an ice house, and office, warehouse, and fabrication site are all built on to each other. Visitors come in through a chain link and razor wire fence and park out back. The train yard and Arkansas river are just visible beyond the edge of the property. A dry artificial lake a hundred meters across lies 300 from the building. Beyond at is a one of the large (mostly dry) arroyos that lead from around the city to the river. Dry 300 days a year they can turn into torrents as the monsoons come and dump rain on the city.
Surrounding the entrance to the building are tons of junk metal, concrete and other debris, most of which looks freshly deposited. The entrance way has no door, so on can walk straight into the warehouse. Over a hundred feet long, fifty feet wide with a poured concrete floor, cinderblock, and wood supports make up the walls. The roof has several large skylights, open to the air but where there is evidence glass once stood.
This area is reasonably clean with the exception of a construction off in one corner. There makeshift tables covered with tiles, stone and tools rest from recent use. There is some evidence of infrastructure, pipes and wires, being put in as well. A recently made doorway opens to the right, infrared, with no door.
At its far end, the warehouse merges with a old office/store front. Windows of two floors look out over the warehouse. A solid looking door bars the way inside.
Through the door one is greeted by more evidence of construction. Exposed wiring and plumbing snake along the walls leading to mostly untapped outlets. New walls made of quikcrete frame out three decent rooms. An old staircase leads up and down. Above are two more floors in similar states, although the rooms being used by Jason, kitchen, bedroom, bath, are reasonably clean and comfortable. Two unoccupied bedrooms are there as well.
A three story building some twenty five feet wide and eighty long used to house the electrical controls sits next to the office area. It is mostly cellar of large debris, but it’s dusty and the walls are fills of holes, some exploratory, others accidental.
On the far side of the office building lies the old power plant. It consists of a large work area forty feet high dominated by three huge coal ovens and old lead pipe. The room has thick walls, heavy support beams, and looks lime it could survive a bombing.
The last building appears to be the newest, probably built only a hundred years ago. It appears to be an manufacturing site and storage area for electrical towers and wires. Of note are the large windows providing significant light to the building as well as allowing in multitudes of pigeons, starlings, and other birds.
On one side of the wast room, is a large sunken area maybe ten feet deep. In it is a foot deep greenish brown foul smelling liquid. Between that and the guano, this room reeks.
Back in the central building a staircase leads down to an old basement. This large room the foot print of the fifty by fifty food building above is littered with a collection of old tools, gear, furniture and memorabilia of a bygone age. Some collector may find a fortune beneath the junk, but most of it looks well beyond repair.
Jason Duncan bought the old Light – Ice – Power building which had sat abandoned for almost fifty years. He has begun to remodel it, but currently it is pretty spartan.
- Furniture Includes:
- Old Army Cot
- Mother’s Writing Desk
- Dinner Table made from door on saw horses.
- Clothing in boxes or on pole suspended from ladders
- Plumbing basically complete, but fixtures not installed.
- Electrical wiring basically in main living area complete, but most outlets, lights and solar not installed.
- Kitchen and bathroom concrete counters and floors complete
- No cabinets installed.
- Only one toilet installed
- Basement cleared and secured
- Front Door, Door to Ice Hall, Loading Dock and Furnace Rooms repaired.
- All other doors waiting
- Windows boarded up (windows between living areas and ice hall open)
- Chain-link fence (razor wire) with padlock surrounding property