The String Bridge is in need of a rehabilitation, it’s scheduled for sometime in the next 2-3 years. Whenever I drive by on the Bridge it seems a shame that the buildings are not at street level. Apart from the aesthetics it would seem to complicate any development of their use. The island buildings were purchased from Don Robie by the Green Bean owners. I run into Mr Robie often at the Mill, and asked him about raising the platform on which the buildings rest.
“Money, time and will” was his approximate reply. He added that indeed the idea has been floated around.
In 2008 the wall behind the buildings suffered a collapse and you could see right inside through the hole.
Think Old Man of the Mountain.
My next door neighbor relocated a barn some years ago. It went off with only a small hitch. The lifting beam bent on the first lift. It was rushed back to the yard and had a stiffener welded on it then the lift went fine. I think those buildings on String Bridge could be parked on a barge while the wall and foundation are raised. I have been in one the offices located there and they appeared to be simple buildings.
Here is the link to Jennifer Feals story on the String Bridge wall collapse from 2008.