I was in the newspaper! My contacting the local news may have had something to do with the developer jumping into action as the work suddenly started on the mansion the day after the newspaper article appeared.
It is a shame they have to jump into action every day now at 7 am! Early morning silence is now shattered by a giant cherry picker, drills, buzz saws and men shouting. But it is good to know the building is being fully restored and turned into apartments.
Would people be interested to see progress pics of the house as it's returned to it's former glory if I post them here?