At dawn Sunday, the solar set on the enduring constructing that had served because the headquarters of Jones Worldwide and Jones Intercable, the MSO based by Glenn R. Jones, the cable pioneer and entrepreneur, who died on July 7, 2015, at age 85.
The constructing, positioned simply south of Denver alongside -25 at 9697 East Mineral Ave. in Englewood, was accomplished in 1984 and served because the the company headquarters of Jones Intercable, a serious U.S. MSO that was sold to Comcast in April 1999. It additionally was residence to a number of different Jones-run companies by the years, together with schooling community Thoughts Extension College (ME/U) (later renamed Data TV), Jones Cyber Options, Jones Worldwide College (a distance schooling college based by Jones in 1993 and shut down in April 2015), and Jones/NCTI, a cable coaching firm that was acquired by Stacey Slaughter in late 2015 and rebranded as NCTI in June 2016.
South Metro Fireplace Rescue carried out the implosion early Sunday morning, in response to 9News/KUSA-TV, which has additionally posted a video of the demolition.
South Metro Fireplace Rescue additionally tweeted movies of the demolition, together with this alternate view:
One other spectacular view of the Jones implosion from 06:45 a.m. right this moment. pic.twitter.com/2SocqkT8V6
— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) October 8, 2017
A bunch of former Jones “associates” (Glenn Jones most well-liked that time period over “workers”) gathered Saturday (October 7) afternoon to bid good-bye to the constructing, reminisce, and to boost a toast to the late cable govt and pioneer, who was additionally known as the “The Poet of Expertise,” as he composed a number of volumes of poetry underneath the pen title of Yankee Jones, and wrote quite a few books about his visions, together with Cyberschools: An Schooling Renaissance, Free Market Fusion, and Make All America a Faculty, amongst others.
One other, smaller group gathered Sunday (October eight) morning, quickly after the constructing was decreased to rubble.
Jim Honiotes, a former Jones affiliate who's now govt director of Prosonta Associates, has been utilizing Fb to submit details about the demolition and to supply a spot on social media for others to contribute their remembrances.
“There have been just a few who loved the constructing's very first (leaky) days in July 1985 and lots of who got here later or stayed longer,” Honiotes wrote. “However do not assume for a minute that this was ‘only a constructing’ or a spot to work. It was a sense of belonging, of pleasure in your work, in having fun with your co-employees, giving your greatest and being appreciated. This futuristic house-ship-impressed constructing launched many profitable careers and taught 1000's of people who being FOR one thing would all the time be higher than being AGAINST one thing.”
Honiotes additionally confirmed former Jones affiliate is now in possession of the "JONES" letters that comprised an indication that was emblazoned on the northeast nook of the constructing, dealing with the freeway.
Regardless of the razing of the constructing, the Jones title will stay on within the space. The Jones District, positioned west of I-25, is a multi-use, grasp deliberate improvement by Opus Growth Firm, and named for Glenn Jones.
Opus has already began a 306-unit residence constructing to be referred to as “The Glenn at The Jones District,” with completion slated for February 2018. There’s additionally a proposal for an eight-story combined use challenge that can encompass two workplace buildings in addition to a mixture of “road-oriented retail” to be positioned adjoining to the District’s central park.
The Jones group bought the rest of The Jones District on June 17 to Opus, in response to an official, who added that there isn't any fast plan for the land that contained the unique Jones HQ constructing, however that conversations are underway.
[Editor's Note: The author of this article was an employee of Jones Education Networks and ME/U from 1994 to 1998.]